Last Friday an opening ceremony was held for the new Mothers’ Waiting Home at Kisiizi. Moses, the hospital administrator was the master of ceremonies and speeches were made by the Rev Patrick, the hospital chaplain, Sister Sandra and Dr Francis Banya, representing the maternity department, Alan and Helen Smith, on behalf of Kisiizi Partners and Dr Gabriel Okumu, representing the management of the hospital. Fittingly, the ribbon was cut by one of the pregnant women who was waiting in the maternity ward. Alan and Helen then planted an umbrella tree which will provide shelter from the sun in (what will become) the garden of the home. Finally, cake and pop was enjoyed by the large crowd of onlookers as they toured the new facilities.
The home is intended to provide a safe, clean and comfortable place for high risk women to stay that is close to maternity ward. These are women who are currently well but who have a number of risk factors, such as a previous scar from a Caesarean section, whose lives, and the lives of their unborn babies, might be at risk if they don’t have access to the appropriate medical care when their labour begins. Until the home opened these women cluttered up the maternity ward, leading to overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. The first of these women have now moved into their new accommodation.
Kisiizi Partners would like to thank all our donors for making this possible.