A pregnant woman and her baby died on the 5th of September, 2022 after she failed to successfully give birth in Ruziba health center in Southern Bujumbura the capital city.
Evelyne Hakizimana, resident of Gakungwe hill in Kabezi commune in Bujumbura province, died on Sunday evening, September 4, at the Ruziba health center in the urban area of Kanyosha.
The family of the deceased alleged health personnel of carelessness speaks of an exaggerated negligence of the nurse who was on duty during the delivery.
According to her husband Eric NAHIMANA, she was ready to deliver the baby on the 2nd September, 2022, so he decided to bring her to the doctors.
Unfortunately, she died in health facilities died due to a lack of assistance, said her husband, Eric.
Audio went viral on social media platforms alarming on the state of the woman. The same audio said that she was left battling alone in the room while the nurse who was supposed to help vanished.
Her husband said that the doctors kept on lingering saying that the womb was not ready that she has better go to drink milk by waiting.
On the allegations that she was left locked. Latter claims were further in the afternoon refuted by Ministry of Public Health. It indicated that it had directly sent a team of people, including doctors, to the scene. Dr. Chloe Ndayikunda, spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Health, read the communiqué issued by the ministry on this case.
Speaking, Jimmy HATUNGIMANA the mayor of Bujumbura city soothed the family of the dead one and indicates that he is going to submit the issue to the Mistry of health so as to make deep investigations on the issue.
“Whoever to be found guilty will be punished according to the law,” said the Mayor.
In addition, he ordered to separate mother and its baby. He says that the burial ceremonies are under process.
Without giving further details, patients condemned the bad behavior of some of the nurses of Ruziba health center who don’t take care of the patients.
They added that it is not the first time it happens
For SYNAPA the syndicate of health facilitators, a patient is allowed to ask for adequate healthcare, in case of shortfall, he 0r she can ask for another doctor to take care of him.
“All health facilitators are bound to observe code of ethics,”, said Fidel Niyonkuru deputy president of SYNAPA.
The story was written by Leonidas Ntirampeba, Fellow at Inside Burundi, additional reporting, edited and approved for publication by Espoir Iradukunda