Our maternity department sees large numbers of patients and we are delighted to have renovated the infrastructure for our ante-natal and post-natal patients: see progress on the blog page Maternal & Child Health Clinic
Our Maternity Department can be extremely busy. We sometimes have large numbers of ladies coming over an hour’s bumpy journey from Rukungiri if services there are not functioning well and from other parts of our region. We have been quite overcrowded at times causing challenges in infection control and patient care. We have now opened a Mothers Waiting Home where some low-risk mothers can stay, knowing that they can move to the Maternity Ward as soon as they start in labour. This has significantly reduced the number of ladies on the Maternity ward itself and provides a much safer system for some mothers who live a long way from Kisiizi.
Our lead clinician is Dr. Francis Banya, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. We are now assigned two intern doctors for training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. They spend 3 months in the department and rotate with General Surgery and Paediatrics.
We currently have staff from UK supporting the department as part of the Uganda Maternity and Newborn Hub programme. These include colleagues from Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading with whom we have a long-term link. Teams have come out to support training in Kisiizi and also run emergency obstetric coures in Mbarara, our regional town about 80 miles north-east from here.
Kisiizi is participating in the “WOMAN” trial with Dr. Francis as lead researcher here.