Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament, who launched the facility on behalf of President, Yoweri Museveni, warned young girls against leading reckless lives that can lead them to get fistula.
Kadaga launches fistula hospital
Soroti district is home to the first Specialized
Fistula hospital in East Africa. The hospital is found in Awasi village in Arapai sub-county along Soroti – Lira
highway, six kilometers away from Soroti town.
Alice Emasu, the Executive Director Fistula
hospital, says construction of the Shillings 4.72 billion facility was
financed by the International Fistula Alliance.
The Association for the Rehabilitation
and Re-orientation of Women for Development-TERREWODE, a local nongovernmental
organization spearheaded the establishment of the fistula hospital in Uganda.
TERROWODE has been leading advocacy and fundraising for the
treatment of women affected by fistula in Teso and across the country.
said the establishment of the hospital is a welcome development because fistula
has far reaching effects on its victims.
"Obstetric fistula is a dilapidating condition
that may maim a woman for life, sometimes leaving her incapacitated to give
birth again,” Emasu said.
Health State Minister, Sarah Opendi, said 2000 new fistula cases occur in
Uganda each year.
Between 5,000 to 10,000 women and girls are affected by
fistula globally each year, according to World Health Organization.
“While the World Health Organization estimates that 2 million
women and girls live with untreated fistula in Asia and Sub Saharan Africa,
Uganda has about 75,000 to 100,000 women and girls with obstetric fistula,”
Adding that, “In the last 15 years, with ministry of health’s
leadership and guidance, TERREWODE has become a leading organization in social
rehabilitation and reintegration of women and girls affected by fistula.”
She noted that despite
the support and success, there are still gaps in
health service delivery in the country, more so in the area of provision of
specialized services to beneficiaries.
is therefore timely for TERREWODE to supplement government effort to
handle obstetric fistula care in Uganda,” Opendi observed.
Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament, who
launched the facility on behalf of president, Yoweri Museveni, warned young
girls against leading reckless lives that can lead them to get fistula.
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She noted that the country lacks sufficient resources
to tackle various challenges, which makes it appropriate that each citizen
plays their role.
22-year-old Emma Chemitai, a resident of Kween
district is one of the mothers admitted at the Fistula Hospital in Soroti
She told our reporter that despite undergoing surgery two times, she hadn’t
Chemitai noted that she was admitted at the hospital on July
28th, 2019 after getting continuous flow of feces.
Fistula is an
abnormal connection or passageway that connects two organs or vessels that do
not usually connect.
They can develop anywhere between an intestine and the
skin, between the vagina and the rectum, and other places.