Husband to the late Nuliat Nmabazira a former news anchor with WBS TV has dismissed an audit reporting exonerating International Hospital Kampala (IHK) from causing his wife’s death.
Nuliat died at the facility following postnatal complications. In the wake of her death however, relatives, friends and public blamed IHK for causing her death due to negligence.
IHK would later issue a statement saying they did all they could professionally to maintain the mother and child and should not be blamed for her death. The Hospital also claimed, they had operated on Nambazira correctly and further offered postnatal observations and follow up calls.
IHK also claim they released the patient in the required three-days time after he operation.
However, Nambazira’s husband, Abbas Ssemujju still faults the hospital for his wife’s death.
“They operated her at 6pm for four hours, when they were through, I asked them why it took them that long, the doctor told me she disturbed them during stitching as she was bleeding so much, by the time she (Nambazira) was discharged, she was complaining of headache and backache but they told us all will be fine. This means that the hospital knew the complications but went ahead to discharge the patient,” Ssemujju argues.
Ssemujju says that when his wife’s condition worsened, he called IHK to deliver an ambulance and rush her to hospital, but he was left gobsmacked when the hospital instead asked him to drive the patient to the facility.
“I had no choice but to fold the seat in my car and drive her to the hospital. I had to drive from Nansana on the wrong side of the road with full lights because of heavy traffic to IHK while my wife was bleeding,” he said.
He narrates that on reaching hospital, he was told to mobilise people to donate blood as the patient had lost lots of blood. Ssemujju says that on getting the blood, the hospital did not have the capacity to carry out an xray to ascertain if the blood was dripping into the patient’s stomach but instead rushed her to Nakasero hospital for the same.
“When we returned her from Nakasero, the results indicated the patient was bleeding in the stomach and required immediate surgery, but they took their time and operated her two days later,” Ssemujju said angrily.