Public Health Nurse with School of Public Health at the University of Ghana, Dr. Margaretta Gloria Chandi, has called for an end to stigmatization against women suffering from obstetric fistula.
Dr. Chandi explained that women living with this condition often tend to seclude themselves from the public because of the various misconceptions of people about persons with such conditions.
She explained that it was no fault of women to be victims with such conditions as it can happen to anyone regardless of their financial or social status.
“We must know that it is not the woman’s fault…don’t let us seclude them because when we do that we are causing much pain,” she said
Dr. Gloria Chandi advised pregnant women to seek medical attention and attend their antenatal care regularly as it will help the early detection of such conditions and prevent complications during and after childbirth.
“It is good that pregnant women attend antenatal care regularly so when it is seen early then the right mode of treatment would be applied,” Dr. Gloria Chandi noted.
With regards to medical treatment for Obstetric Fistula, Dr. Chandi pointed out that it could be corrected through surgical operations which is free in Ghana.
“It is free of charge since it is considered as a human right violation so we cannot burden the woman with what already led to the cause…every teaching hospital and some hospitals are equipped to fix this condition”
Speaking further, the Public Health Nurse urged husbands to support their wives since men play a key role in the prevention and management of the condition.
“Men should give their wives the freedom to decide where to deliver especially with the skilled birth attendant.”
Husbands should give their husbands the necessary support in everything they do so that the wife can attend antenatal services. If you don’t attend antenatal services, how will can we know the type of health disorder or birth canal that we have?”
Dr. Gloria Chandi was speaking on Radio Univers’, “The Good Health show” on the subject of Obstetric Fistula.
Obstetric Fistula is an abnormal hole between the birth canal and the bladder that is caused by prolonged obstructed labor, leaving a woman incontinent of urine or feces or both.
It is also know as the Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF).
Today, Thursday, May 23, marks the day for celebrating World Fistula day.
The day is set to promote global actions to prevent and end Obstetric Fistula.
A condition that affects only women and girls in underdeveloped regions of the world.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Fistula is a human rights violation, end it now”.
Story by: Hendrina-Rose Bawa|universnewsroom.com