MARACHA. The district health officer (DHO) of Maracha Dr Paul Onzubo has commended health workers in the district for their commitment to saving lives in the course of the year ending.

According to Dr Onzubo, they didn’t lose any mother during delivery on Christmas day but a negligible number throughout the year.

“Out of 5, 198 women we delivered this year, we lost four and remember three were due to shortage of blood which we don’t make in the health system and I think that is not badly off,” Dr Onzubo explained.

The statistics come as a relief for the health workers who are closely being monitored by technocrats led by the deputy CAO of the district, Mr Stephen Budraa.

Budraa earlier warned health workers on duty during the festive season to desist from absenteeism in order to effectively handle cases of emergency.

He further called for police reinforcement in monitoring the presence of staff in the various health units.

Budraa noted that the death of patients and expectant mothers due to negligence of health workers is the worst form of insecurity.

“There is nothing like Christmas break, Boxing Day and New Year day celebrations for you. We are expecting the health units to operate normally, in fact, District Police Commander (DPC) when you are monitoring, don’t only look after robbers, you should also look for people who are neglecting their duties," Budraa stressed.

During Christmas Day, at least 7 babies; 3 boys and 4 girls were born at St. Joseph’s hospital Maracha out of which, 2 were operated and all the babies and their mothers are healthy.

Nurse 30 12 19A nurse attending to a premature baby in the intensive care unit at St Joseph's hospital Maracha.

At Oleba health centre (HC) III, there were 6 normal deliveries; 5 boys and a girl, at Oluvu HCIII, one boy was delivered, at Eliofe HC III one girl child was born and three girls were delivered from Ovujo HCIII.

While at Nyadri HCIII, a baby girl was delivered and at Tara HCIII 3 girls were delivered.