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Gov’t Blamed For Rising Fistula Threat

sales http://creativecommons.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/locales.php geneva;”>The desired concerted efforts to bring down the figure of women acquiring this infection by the day are being brought down by government’s failure in terms commitment, http://communalp.at/wp-admin/includes/image-edit.php funding, as well as stimulation of community involvement into the fight country wide.


Fistula infection is a condition widely common in young mothers where due to difficulties while giving birth and some times during violent sexual intercourse, fistulas (holes) develop between the birth canal and the urinary system, leading to excretion of urine and fecal material concurrently and uncontrollably.


The most lethal effects of this are; unbearable stench from the patient, ulcers, kidney disease, family and marriage breakdowns and in most cases death.


Addressing health journalists at Grand Imperial on Thursday, UNFP and Ministry of Health technical expert Dr, Peter Mukasa Kivunike expressed concern over the growing numbers of infected young women even with free medication available in various regional referral hospitals across the country.


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Dr Mukasa said that such raising prevalence is nothing else but a clear reflection of system failure on the side of government.


“The long distances though jugged roads by women in labor especially in rural areas implies prolonged birth pangs imposing wounds onto the birth canal walls by the baby that later develop into fistulas,” he expounded.


He added that any woman in labor ought to be attended to by medical personnel as soon as possible and the entire labor period should not last more than 24 hours.


“Government has let us down on availing adequate funding to our nationwide treatment programs. The entire repairing process of a patient back to normalcy costs up to sh 1.2 million, all of which is currently being met by our development partners, led by USAID.”


According to Fistula Care Programs Manager Dr. Rose Mukisa Basalirwa, in Uganda so far over 200,000 cases have been recorded, with 1900 new cases popping up every year.


“Unfortunately, out of this, only 1500 are receiving treatment as a result of inadequate facilitation, which implies that the battle of wiping this ailment out of the country will take us much more years than projected.”


She said that the most affected areas in the country are western districts of Kasese, Hoima, Kamwenge Kyenjojo, Kabarole among others.


“We have slated a fistula camp to run for 2 weeks to be held at Hoima beginning May 20th, in which doctors from the Ministry of Health performing surgeries to 80 patients from the area. We of course expect this number to increase, considering that this area is highly infected by the ailment,” she said.

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