Over 100 participants, including health workers, county officials, and officials from the youth, women and traditional council have been advised against early marriage, Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and other practices and conditions that lead to maternal mortality and morbidity in order to avoid fistula.
The eight-day obstetric fistula prevention community sensitization and advocacy meeting with stakeholders ran from September 7 -14, in Balibo Kre, Juanzon Statutory District, Sinoe County.
This is the first time that the sensitization on the obstetric fistula prevention was held in the county.
Obstetric Fistula, which is also known as the “pupu and pee pee sickness” is an obstetric condition associated with abnormal opening leakage in women. This condition is very common in girls between 12- 18 as well as all women of child bearing age.
Fistula is a devastating and preventable tragedy that primarily affects young, poor women who lack the means to access quality maternal care.
About 20 percent of women with fistula also develop unilateral or bilateral foot drop that limits their day-to-day activities (UNFPA, 2010).
The sickness, according to medical reports, is prevalent owing to early marriage, Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) amongst others.
The participants were also advised to encourage girls’ education, access and utilization of family planning services among others to improve the lives of women and fight against fistula.
The training was funded by Zonta International through UNFPA and the Family Health Division of the Ministry of Health under the theme, “End FISTULA, Restore Women’s Dignity.”
Sinoe County Health Community Department Director, Samson Wiah said the 8-day training also targeted women in reproductive age, expectant mothers and their partners, local authorities and the public.
Some of the participants included Superintendent Thomas Romeo Quioh, Juanzon Statutory Superintendent Narroson T. Y. Kanyen, County Health Officer Dr. John S. Deodeh and Dr. Jeremais Naiene, County Coordinator, WHO.
Facilitators included Madam Marline K. Tokpa, National Fistula Program Officer/Health Ministry; Madam Emma K. Katakpah, National Clinical Assistant, Madam Esther Karmo, Reproductive Health Supervisor; Madam Lorpu Sherman, National SGBV Coordinator and Madam Vera D. Weah, Health Promotion Focal person.