Donors, Health Ministry Move To Combat Fistula Among Women

click visit geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>This is an addition to fistula treatment equipment that was handed over to the districts of Masaka and Kasese one year ago.

The handover included equipment for antenatal care and childbirth, including: 26 delivery Kits, 16 C-section Kits, 64 Blood Pressure machines, 2 Autoclaves, 2 Suction Machines, 3 Ward Screens, 20 Vaginal Speculums, 100 Ureteric Catheters and 103 Bulb Suckers.

The Minister of Health Hon. Dr. Christine Ondoa who received the equipment on behalf of MOH emphasized the need of more midwives and health nurses to prevent such cases at birth.

She said that the Ministry of Health is providing family planning services at all health facilities throughout the country to enable women plan appropriately for their families.

“To repair fistula requires about 1,000,000shillings and not every woman can afford that so it is better to prevent it than any woman go through it,” She said.

Fistula is an infection caused by neglected, obstructed labor which when unrelieved, the baby usually dies.

This is caused by the prolonged impaction of its head against the mother’s internal tissue results in a severe medical condition in which a hole (fistula) develops between either the rectum or vagina or between the bladder and vagina.

The Country Program Manager of EndengerHealth Mrs. Edith Ronah Mukisa urged all women to give birth from hospital and to always take the prescribed medication in order to give birth safely. She continued to beseech the husbands to always support their wives to go to hospitals and advise them accordingly.

The recent 2011 Uganda Health Demographic Survey shows that 58% of women deliver under assistance of a skilled health provider an increase from 42% in 2006 and 62% of women get treatment for fistula treatment from both public and private health facilities.

The Endenger Health representative also urged the Minister and the government to train all health workers the process of use of partographs so as to save hundreds of women and address the maternal mortality in our facilities.

Fistula Care Project implemented by Engender Health and supported by USAID has been working in Uganda for the last four years to prevent, treat and care for the childbirth-related injury known as fistula.

USAID representative Ms. Amy Quinn Diallo commended the government of Uganda in particular the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders, for their commitment and dedication to maternal health.

The Fistula Care Project in collaboration with the MOH has been strengthening the capacity of public and private hospitals in the districts of Hoima, Masaka, Kasese and Kalungu through a public/private partnership to prevent treat and care for fistula.

She stated that The United States Government, through the U.S Agency for International Development is committed to continue partnering with the Government of Uganda to improve maternal and Child Health.

Hon. Dr. Christine Ondoa concluded at the press conference by appealing to all pregnant women to attend antenatal care at least four times starting as soon as they suspect to be pregnant and to always deliver under skilled care in a health facility.

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