- Currently, there is inadequate man power at the hospital, as out of the seven staff assigned to the unit, five are present
- Records available in Adjumani hospital shows about 40 per cent of men accompany their expectant wives to the hospital while the situation in Mungula health centre IV is different as about 90 per cent of men escort their wives
- The Ministry of Health developed a policy of men to escort their women for ante-natal care so that they can also have responsibility of taking care of the pregnancy up to the time of birth
By Amacha Goli
Adjumani- The men in the district are furious at the hospital management for being slow in handling the ante-natal services.
The furious men who accompanied their expectant women for antenatal services contrary to the pronouncements of the Adjumani hospital management claim they spent about five hours without being attended to by the staff.
One of the men, who requested not to be named for fear of reprisal on his wife, said he does not understand the slow process of the check-up because at the end most of the women are served with pain killers.
He said though antenatal services must be embraced by men, they need motivation in terms of lessening the waiting hours since they are occupied by other duties.
The principal nursing officer Adjumani general referral hospital, Sr. Vuchiri Alice said she is not aware of the complaints raised by the concerned husbands noting that it is an isolated case.
“In principle, couples are supposed to receive express service in order to motivate other men who claim to be busy yet it is their cardinal responsibility to escort their women to health facilities for antenatal care,” she said.
In Adjumani district most men do not know what their women go through during antenatal service as fearing to testing for HIV and other sexual transmitted diseases use their women as litmus papers, according to a senior health worker in Adjumani hospital.