Tuesday, July 22, 2014

South Sudan: A campaign to end fistula is receiving a good response in Western Bahr el Ghazal State

Source: Miraya FM 

The Ministry of Health in partnership with the UN population Fund – UNFPA -- is running the one-month campaign at Wau Teaching Hospital.

The campaign targets up to 100 women from Western and Northern Bahr el-Ghazal, and so far more than 20 women have undergone surgery since the launch last week.

UNFPA Representative to South Sudan Barnabas Yisa says there are experts on the ground to conduct the operations at no cost.

Yisa: “At present we have over 60 patients admitted in Wau Hospital and about 20 of them have been treated so far. The women are not supposed to pay anything. It is a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and UNFPA. And therefore women are required not to pay anything, both in terms of their transport from their villages to Wau Teaching Hospital and back to their villages. And when they are in hospital or in Wau, UNFPA and WFP and as well as the Ministry of Health feed them, provide all the sustenance they want, so they don’t pay anything.”

Fistula is a dangerous medical condition characterized by a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged Labor due to the lack of timely and adequate medical care.