Wakiso district Human Rights Chair person Elly Kasirye

Wakiso District Human Rights Body Appeals Government to Consider Pregnant Women

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WAKISO district Human Rights Commission wants government to revisit the issue of pregnant mothers getting permission before going to hospitals.

While addressing the media at Wakiso district head quarters on Tuesday, the chair man of the commission Elly Kasirye said government is likely to register more deaths if it insists on pregnant mothers getting permission from the RDCs.

Kasirye pointed out there was a pregnant woman in Gayaza in Wakiso district who died due to over bleeding just because it took long to be cleared by the RDC. According to Kasirye, pregnant women should be given green light to be rushed to hospitals without seeking permission from the RDC in order to save life.

He added that there is need to have a committee in place to help the RDC do clearance for people and that the committee members must be easily accessible.

Kasirye however, appealed to Wakiso residents to be serious with president Museveni’s directives in the fight against COVID-19. He also asked government to provide a friendly environment for the people to adhere to the president’s directives like that of staying at home by providing food to them on time.

Kasirye urged government to make use of the community development officers and the village chair persons in the distribution of food adding that the exercise should be done in one day.

He slammed the security organizations for harshly handling the people during this period saying it’s not a military curfew. It was from this point that Wakiso district prison commander Harriet Namakoye pointed out that Wakiso prisons are now full to capacity.

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Namakoye pointed out that prisons in the district have got 2,696 prisoners and out of which 615 were arrested after the president’s directives on COVID-19. She added that there iwas need to decongest the prisons in Wakiso district.

Wakiso district police liaisons officer Samuel Okodos said police in the district has stopped beating and arresting people ever since president Museveni intervened and clarified that people are not supposed to be miss handled.

Okodos however, advised people to strictly follow president Museveni’s words in the fight against COVID-19 and stay in their homes adding that police is there to implement the laws.

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