Two Medics Detained Following Maternal Death in Manafwa District

Manafwa District | The Black Examiner – Police and authorities have apprehended and held two medical professionals from Bugobero Health Centre IV in Manafwa District in connection with the death of a pregnant mother and her infant on Friday.

Rogers Taitika, the Elgon Regional Police Spokesperson, confirmed the arrests, revealing that investigations are now focusing on potential negligence of duty and corruption.

“We have taken them into custody based on allegations of failing to provide adequate healthcare services to pregnant women during antenatal visits and childbirth. The arrests follow the unfortunate passing of a pregnant mother who was brought to the facility for delivery but, regrettably, lost her life along with her baby due to alleged negligence,” stated Taitika on Saturday.

Billa Nambisawa, bled to her death after failing to raise Shs200,000 which the medical officers had reportedly asked for, authorities said.

Police have since arrested a 44-year-old female doctor and a 37-year-old female midwife following the incident, both working at the health facility where the two died.

Initial police inquiries suggest that the medical staff’s neglect contributed to the woman’s death.

“The suspects were apprehended at the health facility by the District Police Commander, SSP Najib Waiswa, and subsequently transported to Manafwa Central Police station, where they remain in detention after providing their statements,” Taitika confirmed.

‘Ruptured Uterus’ Blamed

The detained individuals are facing charges of recklessness and negligence leading to death, which can result in a ten-year prison sentence upon conviction, in accordance with Ugandan law.

Meanwhile, an anonymous detective at Manafwa Central Police station revealed that a postmortem report indicated the woman’s death resulted from her inability to deliver the baby, leading to a ruptured uterus.

“Due to neglect following the uterine malfunction, Nambisawa bled to death,” the source elaborated.

As of the latest update, the case file has been forwarded to the resident state attorney for legal counsel and guidance.

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