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Some pregnant women are being forced to give birth on the floor at the hospital in eastern Uganda’s Tororo town due to a shortage of beds in the maternity ward, the local privately-owned Daily Monitor newspaper reports.
“We come with our own mats to deliver because we are told the beds are not enough but we cannot blame the midwives because they try doing everything possible to deliver us safely. They are also constrained,” a woman told the paper.
The official in charge of the maternity ward, Grace Atim, was quoted as saying that the ward had only six old beds, when about 18 women deliver daily.
Ms Atim says medical staff help women “deliver from the floor, which is unhygienic but we have no option”.
But the State Minister of Health for General Duties, Sarah Opendi, said the beds at the maternity wing were enough, the daily reports.
“People should know that women do not deliver at the same time,” Ms Opendi was quoted as saying.Source: BBC