Fistula patients suffer in silence amid Covid-19

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Fistula patients suffer in silence amid Covid-19

What you need to know:

  • Many obstetric fistula patients shying away from treatment in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Obstetric fistula the most devastating childbirth injuries.
  • Fistula Foundation asks patients to come forward and receive free treatment from their outreach centres across the country.
  • Men asked to support women suffering from the condition, instead of ostracising them.

Stakeholders in the healthcare sector have raised concern over the high number of obstetric fistula patients shying away from treatment in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
They said patients fear contracting the virus, forcing those with obstetric fistula – a childbirth-related injury caused by prolonged and obstructed labour – to suffer in silence.  
“The Covid-19 pandemic has made people hesitant to be in public spaces including seeking healthcare services. Patients of obstetric fistula have not been spared either,” said Fistula Foundation Programs Director Habiba Mohamed.
Speaking to the Nation gender desk, Ms Habiba who doubles as the Patron of Wadadia FC alias ‘Kick Fistula out of Africa’ termed obstetric fistula as the most devastating and serious of childbirth injuries.
“Ours is to advocate for the sexual reproductive health rights and socio-economic well-being of the obstetric fistula patients so that they are able to recover their self-esteem and fit in the society. They should, therefore, not shy away from coming forward to receive treatment which is free of charge in all our outreach centres,” explained Ms Habiba.

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