Health Desk—May 16, 2017: The experts in a workshop said there are 70,000 women who have been suffering from fistula in Bangladesh. The number of delivery related fistula patients was 71,000 and a total of about 2,000 patients are infected with fistula a year newly.
The findings have been revealed at a workshop at the University Fistula Centre of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on Monday.
Country project manager of EngenderHealth Bangladesh Dr Sheikh Nazmul Huda said that fistula can be fully cured by surgery.
Dr Huda was speaking The workshop was held in association with the Ministry of Information, the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB), the Fistula Care Plus Project, and EngenderHealth Bangladesh.
The additional secretary of the information ministry, Nasir Uddin Ahmed, was the chief guest at the programme.
“Many women suffer from obstetric fistula resulting from complicated and delayed home deliveries. In this condition, a woman suffers from continuous dribbling of either urine or stool or both through the vagina due to obstructed or delayed labour. The condition is associated with many other physical problems. But more than anything else, negligence and society’s uncaring attitude make a patient’s life unbearable,” said Prof. Firoza Begum, secretary general of the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Bangladesh.
PIB director general Shah Alamgir said the media could play a vital role in raising awareness. In most fistula cases, surgical repair is the only option. So, the government is providing free surgical services in 10 medical college hospitals.
Free surgeries are also done at Dhaka’s Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Ad-din Hospital, Dr Muttalib Community Hospital; Ad-din Sakina Medical College Hospital in Jessore; Ad-din Akij Medical College Hospital in Khulna, LAMB Hospital in Dinajpur; Hope Foundation Hospital in Cox’s Bazar; and Kumudini Hospital in Tangail.