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Photo of babies on plastic chairs in a hospital not from Nigeria

A post on Facebook claims Nigerian government hospitals do not have enough beds for newborns and instead uses chairs as cribs. 

The post includes a photo of babies placed on cushions on plastic chairs, in what appears to be a hospital.

The caption says: “Children born in Government owned Hospitals in Nigeria without beds to keep them. Guess what? Some few ‘big men’ had shared the money meant for this provision. And, meanwhile, their spouses will be going to the best facilities in the US and UK to give birth. Have you ever felt like giving up on Nigeria?”

Many Facebook users have criticised the Nigerian government in comments on the post. But is this post really from Nigeria?

Babies Ugandan, and apparently safe

A google reverse image search reveals the photo was taken at a neonatal intensive care unit at Kawempe Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, in August 2019.

The photo also raised concern among Ugandans on Facebook, with many worried that the babies were at risk.

The Ugandan health ministry made a statement, saying that they were working with the hospital to find solutions for the over-crowding.

“The babies at this facility are in a temperature-controlled environment and infection, prevention and control measures are adhered to ensuring there is no danger to the babies lives,” said the health ministry. – Jennifer Ojugbeli 


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