MINISANTE probes two mothers death at Muhima Hospital

On 3 January 2018 at 09:55

The Ministry of Health (Minisante) has launched investigation into the case of two mothers who succumbed to maternal complications at Muhima Hospital in Nyarugenge District last week.

Families of the deceased accused doctors of negligence of duties as the reason behind the death of the mothers.

The deceased are Magdalene Mutuyimana and Beatrice Barakagwira.

The family of Mutuyimana claims that she attended the hospital for antenatal checks last Wednesday but doctors asked her to go back home and return to hospital on Saturday as the day she would have given birth.

As her complications kept developing, Mutuyimana went back to the hospital on Thursday.

“She reached the hospital at 7:00 am but they received her in the evening, operated her and gave birth to a bouncing baby but the mother unfortunately died right away,” said a family member.

Minisante comforted families of the deceased saying that they are investigating the case so that irresponsible people behind the death face sanctions.

Speaking to IGIHE, the Minister of Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba said that there is a group of people tasked on investigating the case to identify whether there was negligence of duties and the decision will base on investigations results.

“When such an issue is questioned especially when it has taken lives of Rwandans, we take it into account and identify the truth,” she said.

However, Gashumba said that there are people who rush with each case to the media without waiting for the ministry’s investigations, “and this makes people lose trust in hospitals though sometimes investigations reveal the opposite to their claims.”

She ensured that results from investigations will be out in two weeks and act on the case.

Efforts to talk to Muhima Hospital management were futile by press time.

Minister of Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba