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National Fistula Hospital Discharges 20 Repaired Fistula Clients

Posted: Jul 6, 2016 at 2:31 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The National Fistula Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State has discharged 20 out of 22 affected persons following successful repairs of their condition.
In a brief discharge ceremony, the wife of Ebonyi State governor, Mrs. Rachel Umahi encouraged the women to be strong, even as she charged them to quickly reintegrate themselves in society and live a normal life.
Mrs. Umahi, further enjoined them to champion the mobilization efforts of bringing out affected persons for repairs.
The governor’s wife said she was partnering effectively with FistulaCare Plus and other agencies noting that she will not relent in her efforts to support all fistula programmes.
Addressing the fistula clients, the Medical Director, National Obstetric Fistula Hospital,  Abakaliki,  Prof. Sunday Adeoye said the repaired clients came from different states of federation.
Prof Adeoye said they were now fit to carry on with normal life, just as he charged them to be ambassadors that will encourage others with similar condition to come out.
The Medical Director said the hospital now has many facilities for efficient service delivery.
In a remark, the Head of Clinical Services of the hospital, Dr. Kenneth Ekwedigwe thanked Mrs. Umahi and Ebonyi State government for their sustained support.
Dr Ekwedigwe, while calling for greater support, he urged the families of the discharged clients to receive them warmly and help in their rehabilitation.
The repaired women are simply 20 out of 150,000 cases of fistula in the country. Health experts agree that fistula has become a major public health concern in the country.
The Clinical Associate, FistulaCare Plus, Dr Suleiman Zakariya, explained that this is in addition to the backlog, 12,000 new cases recorded annually.
Zakariya who spoke recently in a training of journalists on obstetric-fistula, also said that only 5000 of these new cases can be repaired every year collectively by the 12 fistula centres supported by Engenderhealth.
Blaming the high burden on the country’s poor health system he said: “Obstetric-Fistula is a manifestation of a sub-optimal healthcare system.
“Most vulnerable group is the young, poor, rural women who are economically disadvantaged. There is need for government to provide needed policies to reduce chances of women coming down with obstetric-fistula.
A Consultant Fistula Surgeon, National Centre for Obstetric Fistula, Abakaliki, Dr. Yakubu Emmanuel, observed that obstetric-fistula is one of the various challenges women face in the process of child birth.

Chioma Umeha