Uganda will this week be joining the rest of the world to mark the International Fistula Day, which comes every 23rd of May.
This year’s event his hoped to significantly raise awareness, create visibility of obstetric fistula and intensify actions towards ending Obstetric Fistula in Uganda.
The commemoration this time will be held theme “End Fistula Now, Reach Every One,” with the hope to emphasize the role of stakeholders and the general public in the fight against Fistula to reduce new cases, provide treatment to those with fistula and reintegrate those who have undergone repair back to the community.
Obstetric Fistula is an abnormal opening between birth canal and bladder/ureter or rectum of a woman that results in constant leakage of urine/feaces through the birth Canal.
According to Dr Charles Olaro, the Director Clinical and Community service, the national event a will take place at Kavule Primary School, Kirika Sub County, in Kibuku District on Wednesday, 23rd May, with the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga as the chief guest.
While addressing media on Monday at the Ministry of health offices, Dr Olaro revealed that currently in Uganda, there are about 75,000-100,000 women who suffer from Obstetric Fistula and there are 1,900 new cases per year.
“2,000 repairs are carried out every year and right now research shows that the Fistula prevalence has reduced from 2% in 2011 to 1% in 2016,” he said.