At least 60 women suffering from Fistula will undergo corrective surgery in Bungoma County during the Fistula operation campaign week which was initiated by Bungoma county health department in collaboration with the Safaricom foundation, the office of the first lady, Amref health Africa, Flying doctors service and the United Nations population Fund (UNFPA).
Speaking at Webuye County hospital, Bungoma county governor Wycliffe Wangamati lauded the move by the organizations and the office of the first lady for initiating the Fistula campaign so that the affected mothers can be attended to and restore their dignity as women after giving birth.
Wangamati added that the county government is keen to improve the health sector in Bungoma adding that the 300 bed capacity hospital is yet to be completed.
“I congratulate the good job being done by all partners in the 12 counties to facelift the health status, I humbly ask other partners to come on board to ensure that Kenyans are accessing good health services,” Wangamati noted, adding that the county have set up a modern theatre at Naitiri Sub-county hospital to help serving Bungoma residents.
He said that the Fistula campaign started on Monday and it will end on Friday and will see more than 60 women undergoing obstetric surgery.
In addition, Wangamati cited teen pregnancy being a major problem in Bungoma County asking parents and other stakeholders to be careful and give the right direction to their children.
In an interview with Sophy Onyango, a Safaricom sales representative said that Mpesa foundation has injected Ksh. 15M to aid in running the Fistula campaign in Bungoma County.
She added that Mpesa foundation runs a program known as maternal child health which has been initiated in other counties like Samburu to ensure that parenthood is safe and mothers are healthy.
“This program is not only happening here in Bungoma, we have so far initiated it in Samburu County and in other eleven counties, ‘ Uzazi Salama’ safe parenthood,” she affirmed.
In her appeal, Onyango said that the program is fruitful and productive for Fistula women and integrates them back to life.
She urged women with Fistula complications to visit health facilities so that they get treatment.
On his part, Dr. Ademola Olajide a representative for the UNFPA in Kenya said that an Obstetric Fistula occurs when a mother has a prolonged obstructed labor but doesn’t have access to emergency medical care.
Dr. Olajide added during her prolonged labor the mothers contractions continually push the baby’s head against her pelvis, soft tissues caught between the baby’s head and her pelvic bone become compressed, restricting the normal flow of blood.
Without adequate blood supply, sections of tissues soon die, leaving holes between the mother’s vagina and her bladder. If untreated, the woman will uncontrollably leak urine, stool or sometimes both for the rest of her life if not given quick medical attention.