More than 170 mothers died giving birth in health facilities in Kampala.
This is according to the National Annual Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response Report 2019/2020 released by the Ministry of Health.
This is more than double the number of deaths that were reported in the 2018/2019 financial year.
Data from the ministry suggests that the majority of the diseases were recorded during the national lockdown in 2020 when public transport was halted.
Dr Richard Mihayo, the Assistant Commissioner of reproductive and infant health attributes the high number of maternal deaths that occur in Kampala as a result of high levels of congestion that reduce the level of care at health services.