The head of Liberia Fistula Project Dr. John Mulbah has disclosed that there are many cases of fistula in the country due to the deadly Ebola outbreak.
Fistula is a distressing and preventable tragedy that primarily affects young women who lack the means to access quality maternal care. It is commonly referred to as “Pupu and pepe sickness.”
Making the disclosure recently at a one day validation workshop on the curriculum, Dr. Mulbah blamed the alarming rate of increase of fistula cases on the EVD because during the health crisis, several women were abandoned without access to quality maternal care.
“We have just carried out about 20 surgeries on fistula patients and out of this number, 18 were youth while two were older people which indicates that 97 percent of the current cases came during the EVD crisis,” Dr. Mulbah said.
He disclosed that since the Liberia Fistula Project was established, over 1,500 surgeries have been performed.
He mentioned prevention, treatment and rehabilitation as the three components of the project, indicating that the victims are always trained on prevention.
He thanked the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the support to help eliminate Fistula in Liberia.
Dr. Roseda Marshall, president of the Post Graduate Fistula Program, asserted that the one day validation was intended to have fistula placed in the Ministry of Health’s curriculum to eliminate the increasing number of cases.
She disclosed that with the establishment of the program, which is intended to train more obstetricians and gynecologists how to treat fistula, it will help to eliminate the increasing number of cases.
“Before it was the Mercy Ships that carried on surgeries in Liberia and it was done on a short term, leaving many sufferers untreated, now through the help of UNFPA, several doctors will be trained to save our mothers and sisters from this embarrassing condition,” Dr. Marshall stated.