Written by Williams ABAH

FG commited to ending obstetric fistula

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The federal government has set up a plan of action, and unveiled a definite guideline for prevention and management of obstetric fistula in Nigeria. 

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this known while launching the guidelines on urethral catherization for prevention and managing of obstetric fistula in Nigeria as part of the Sixth International Conference on Obstetric Fistula Surgeon held in Abuja.    

The minister said that during the surgical exercise that was held at the Federal Medical Center Jabi, Abuja in collaboration with the working groups, he gave commitment that the international obstetric fistula center working group should work with the Federal Ministry of Health not only to repair fistula patients but also to find lasting solution to the problem

He said it is not enough to keep on repairing, but also to intensify efforts by closing the tap to stop all new cases of obstetric fistula in Nigeria, stressing that as part of the federal government’s contribution to repair all fistula cases; the Ministry of Health has established three dedicated fistula Hospitals in the country namely: Abakiliki Ebonyi State, Baba ruga Katsina State and Ningi in bauchi State.

He further disclosed that the government intends to establish three more by 2017.
 

Adewole also said there is need to tackle the root causes of fistula by addressing education and poverty. In his word “when a woman is educated, she will understand what it means to have a child, understand what it means to seek for medical care when things are not going on well”.

Earlier in her welcome remarks, the Deputy Representative of Nigeria Country Office, Eugene Kongnyuy, urged the experts at the meeting to think differently from the normal routine. 

He called for robust campaign against early marriage and harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation which he consider as the main causes of obstetric fistula.

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