WORLD FISTULA DAY: Cases Still High In Uganda
As Uganda joins the rest of the world today to mark International Day to end Obstetric Fistula under the theme; “End Fistula now, reach every one” , the cases of Fistula in the country are still high.Obstetric Fistula is an abnormal opening between the birth canal and the bladder of a woman that results in constant leakage of urine and stool matter through the birth canal.
The ministry of health says about 1,900 new cases of obstetric Fistula are registered annually across the country. The acting director of health services Dr. Charles Olaro says currently about 100,000 women are suffering from Fistula in Uganda and this represents 1% of the total number of women of reproductive age.
Dr Olaro is concerned that although 2000 repairs are done every year, most of the women who are suffering from this illness do not receive the required medical attention.
We spoke to Kyomugisha Jackline, a once victim of Fistula. Kyomugisha says that she is feeling better now after getting treatment at Mbarara referal hospital.