UBH ob­stet­ric fis­tula cen­tre con­struc­tion on course

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THE United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals (UBH) has started train­ing doc­tors who will work at the ob­stet­ric fis­tula cen­tre un­der con­struc­tion at the health in­sti­tu­tion.

Ob­stet­ric fis­tula is a med­i­cal con­di­tion in which a hole de­vel­ops in the birth canal as a re­sult of child­birth.

In an in­ter­view last week, UBH chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mrs Nonhlanhla Ndlovu said con­struc­tion of the cen­tre was on course hence ef­forts to equip doc­tors with the nec­es­sary skills to work once it is com­pleted.

“The con­struc­tion of the ob­stet­ric fis­tula cen­tre which started last year in June is still un­der­way, how­ever, we have com­pleted the shell of the build­ing and fi­nal touches to be done very soon.

“There has been a great im­prove­ment as the struc­ture of the build­ing has been done and the roof­ing is com­plete. What is left now are the elec­tri­cal and plumb­ing jobs.

“Doc­tors have gone on train­ing to have skills on how to op­er­ate the pa­tients to avoid any com­pli­ca­tions,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, each year be­tween 50 000 to 100 000 women world­wide are af­fected by ob­stet­ric fis­tula, an ab­nor­mal open­ing be­tween a woman’s gen­i­tal tract and her uri­nary tract or rec­tum.

The de­vel­op­ment of ob­stet­ric fis­tula is di­rectly linked to one of the ma­jor causes of ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity which is ob­structed labour. Women who ex­pe­ri­ence ob­stet­ric fis­tula suf­fer con­stant in­con­ti­nence, shame, and so­cial seg­re­ga­tion and health prob­lems. It is es­ti­mated that more than two mil­lion young women live with un­treated ob­stet­ric fis­tula in Asia and sub­Sa­ha­ran Africa.

“The lead­ing cause of this con­di­tion in women is ob­structed labour sec­ondary to cephalopelvic dis­pro­por­tion and the ma­jor role that women face are phys­i­cal trauma, leak­ing urine, emo­tional trauma, so­cial ex­clu­sion and stig­ma­ti­sa­tion,” said Mrs Ndlovu.

She said once op­er­a­tional, the cen­tre will help ease pres­sure on the only op­er­a­tional cen­tre in the coun­try that is in Chin­hoyi.

“Cur­rently, there is only one cen­tre at Chin­hoyi Hospi­tal and it is costly for women to travel all the way from here to get med­i­cal at­ten­tion,” Mrs Ndlovu said.

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