Obstetric units in Uganda 'suffering chronic supply shortages'

Ugandan obstetrics experts are doing their best for women but are severely lacking in resources, with patients having to buy their own equipment, waiting weeks for surgery and even being forced to sleep on the floor.

This is according to a report by Canadian news provider the Globe and Mail, which detailed the conditions in Kawempe Health Centre and the largest medical establishment in the African country Mulago Hospital.

As many as 120,000 people visit the smaller institution as outpatients every year, where head nurse Irene Nabukwasi said they had a fifth of the nurses needed to properly look after the patients and the 600 babies born there each month.

Furthermore, women are often asked to buy their own sutures and other medical equipment, but surgeons frequently have to rely on ordinary thread to perform stitches, despite the fact this yarn cannot hold skin together, because professional materials are unaffordable.

Meanwhile, at Mulago Hospital, mums-to-be sleep on the floor of overcrowded rooms and one woman told the news provider she has been waiting for surgery to repair a fistula for two months.

To try and improve conditions in the third world, over 100 countries and organisations have donated nearly $41.4 billion (£26.7 billion) so far to the United Nations' Every Woman, Every Child maternal and newborn health initiative, it was reported earlier this year.

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