By Saaka Iburahim Natiti
Internationally, Uganda has been recognised as one of the champions alongside Malawi in Africa for having already adopted packages of interventions to care for premature babies and will serve as a regional and global Centre of excellence. In 2012, the government of Uganda made a commitment to the UN Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child and the Born Too Soon Campaign to promote and deliver high impact interventions for improving preterm birth care and prevention.
According to the World Health Organization, Uganda ranks 13th out of 184 countries for highest number of babies born prematurely and 11th for number deaths due to complications from preterm birth. So, the World Prematurity Day is part of a global effort to build momentum towards actions to improve care for and prevention of preterm labour and better care for babies born too soon.
Common causes of preterm birth include multiple pregnancies, infections and chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure; however, often no cause is identified.
Hassan Bwire, the Mayor of Busia Municipality said that the health centre has been facing abundant structures for especially children. The structure in construction will provide space for children’s word. Children with malaria, flue, cholera, Tuber chlorosis TB among others have always been mixed up which has been risky to children health.
“people and new born premature babies within municipality could not easily access health facilities due to the long distances from their homes to Darban and Masafu Health Centres. But now that World Vision has supported us with structures, we shall be able to reduce the death of premature babies in the district.” applauded Mayor Hassan.
Mayor recognized the efforts made by health workers at the health facility to bring the best health care services to the community, even amidst the challenges that impede their work.
However, the mayor appreciated the partnership between his office with World Vision’s commitment to address causes and effects of health in the municipality. The beneficiaries of these items include boys and girls, pregnant women, and health workers.