Community Green Radio joins the fight against maternal and infant mortality in Bunyoro

Many expectant mothers fail to give birth from health units while others rush to health centers when they are already in emergency conditions. This leads to maternal and infant mortality. This was revealed by health experts recently during a media dialogue at Crown Hotel in Hoima organized by Save the Children.

Ms. Joyce Nabukenya and Monica Kabakwonga of Hoima town believe that ignorance about the importance of seeking medical help and dangers of risking giving with aid of unskilled people are some of the causes of maternal mortality.

While appearing on Community Green Radio’s weekly Gender Show, Nyinabwenge, on Saturday recently, Ms. Nabukenya, a mother of two, explained that some cultural beliefs deter expectant mothers from visiting health centers.


























We are concerned: Community Green Radio Modorator Ms. Precious Naturinda(Left) with Ms. Monica Kabakwonga on the radio's weekly Gender show Nyinabwenge.

An average 150 newborn babies die annually in five general hospitals of Hoima, Kiboga, Buliisa, Masindi and Kagadi. This is according to statistics released at the dialogue by Dr. Tom Ediamu, a senior Pediatrician Consultant at Hoima regional referral hospital.
The statistics show that the leading causes infant mortality include prematurity, birth asphyxia (baby fails to get enough oxygen) and sepsis (infection).
Hoima regional referral neonatal statistics for 2015 show that out of 1,668 admissions of newborn babies, 295 death cases were registered; 91 due to prematurity, 84 due to birth asphyxia and 42 due to sepsis.
Dr. Ediamu attributes the high rate of deaths to lack of early childbirth preparations by expectant mothers, insufficient antenatal care and failure to deliver from health facilities.
In a related development, Dr. Rachael Nanzira, a gynecologist at Hoima regional referral Hospital revealed that a ratio of 610 per 100,000 live births was registered in 2014/2015 at the facility.

Dr. Nanzira says the leading causes of maternal mortality include severe bleeding, infections and unsafe abortions.
Nyinabwenge is a weekly show on Community Green radio. It hosts gender activists, government officials, experts and   community members to discuss issues related to gender like maternal and infant mortality. The objective of the show is to narrow the gender gap, create a relatively cohesive and gender sensitive society that enhances human rights observance.


 The Hoima Resident District Commissioner ( RDC) Mr.  Isaac Kawooya, has hailed the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) for its efforts in complementing government programs especially in the area of environmental protection and conservation.


World Environment Day,2016
 The Hoima RDC, Mr. Isaac Kawooya (in checkered Coat) watering a tree he had just planted at the palace of the Bunyoro King in Hoima

 Kawooya particularly thanked NAPE for establishing the  Uganda Community Green Radio which he said was doing a  great job in mobilizing people in Bunyoro and neighbouring  areas to participate in environmental protection activities  aimed at mitigating climate change effects.

 “I thank NAPE and Community Green radio for not only  promoting environmental education amongst our people but  also demonstrating to them practically what they need to do to  keep our environment clean and conducive to live in. What  NAPE is doing compliments government’s programs on  environment and natural resources management”, Mr.  Kawooya explained.

 The RDC made these remarks on Wednesday 8th.June, 2016 at  Hoima Rukurato Hall while presiding over a function to  commemorate the World Environment Day (WED) organized  by NAPE.

 Earlier, the RDC together with other Hoima District leaders, r epresentatives of the Uganda Police Force, representatives of  CSOs, listeners of the Community Green Radio, students and  members of the public had participated in a tree planting  exercise in several places in Hoima Municipality including  Hoima Public school and at the Palace of the Bunyoro Kitara  King. The RDC said he was delighted to see NAPE planting  and encouraging communities to plant trees.

NAPE celebrated the world environment Day under the theme “Conserve wildlife, sustain livelihoods”. Mr. Frank Muramuzi, the NAPE Executive Director said that the World Environment Day is a great day which everybody needs to take seriously. “This in an important day which we all need to take seriously. It reminds us of our obligations to the environment and mother earth,” he said

world environment day,2016 in Hoima
We Listen: Listeners of the Community Green Radio and students from Sustainability Clubs in Schools match in Hoima Municipality during WED celebrations

The event in Hoima started with a procession around Hoima Municipality comprised of community members, members of Sustainability Clubs, members of Community Radio listeners club, politicians, members of the Uganda Police force and the civil society. The people carried placards with different messages such as, “Our wildlife, our wealth”, Save our forests Save our future, Environmental Education for Sustainability"

NAPE Senior Program Officer in charge of Administration, Mr. Geoffrey Kamese underscored need for individuals to exercise responsibility in as far environmental protection is concerned.

World environment day celebrations started way back in 1972. It is celebrated on June 5th every year and this year’s world celebrations were held in Angola under the theme, “Go wild for Life” and the National celebrations were Gulu district on June 6,2016