By Ivan Mwine
Journalists at Next Media Group and across Uganda are mourning the untimely demise of Sheila Nakabuye, 32, who was the NBS TV Bureau Chief for Southwestern Uganda.
Nakabuye, according to sources at NBS TV, passed away Monday morning in the Intensive Care Unit at Mbarara Referral Hospital, where she was giving birth.
Family sources confirmed to this Website that Nakabuye was pronounced dead by doctors at Mbarara Regional Referral hospital at around 8:00Am.
They revealed that she gave birth t a baby girl on Saturday through a C-section at Cedus Clinic in Rwebikoona Mbarara where she had been admitted, but developed complications thereafter, which prompted her family members to rush her to Mbarara Referral Hospital.
Ambrose Muhumuza, a worker at the NBS TV bureau said; “After the operation at the clinic, Nakabuye on Sunday morning took some snacks and yogurt but later started vomiting before she went into coma and was transferred to the regional referral hospital.”
He added that at the referral hospital, Nakabuye was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but her condition worsened until she breathed her last on Monday morning.
According to Dr Celestine Barigye, of Mbarara regional referral hospital director the cause of death is brain aneurysm, which is a swelling of brain vessels.
One of NBS TV news anchors, Mr Samson Kasumba described Nakabuye as an amazing human being and passionate reporter.
“You loved your job and we often shared a light moment when you were live for your cross-overs. I hate that maternal mortality has claimed such a great talent. You have been let down by health care,” Kasumba tweeted.
However, her unfortunate demise comes at a time when the maternal mortality rate in Uganda is still on the increase.
According to information from the Ministry of health, the current maternal mortality ratio in Uganda is 336 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.