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Women, girls with obstetric fistula to receive free surgery

Author : | Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013

Free surgery for women and girls with obstetric fistula will be offered in Juba, Rumbek and Malakal, courtesy of health ministry and Juba Teaching Hospital.

Dr. Antony Lupai, an obstetrician gynecologist at Juba Teaching Hospital, says the exercise will begin on 28th October and end on 15th November.

“It is usually a problem of difficult delivery following complicated labor,” Dr. Lupai described Obstetric Fistula.

“It is known as obstructed labor for somebody who cannot have the baby coming out when she is in labor.

“If it takes long, then the area that is pressed between the preventive part of the fetus and the base of the pelvis will result to something known as Ischemia, that is blood supplied to that area is jeopardized and that area is resultantly injured.”

Dr. Lupai says the condition is mostly faced by girls who deliver at a young age since they still have immature pelvis.

He urged women with Obstetric Fistula to come to the hospital for the surgery.

Dr. Lupai also said the Ministry of Health together with its partners is aiming to conduct over 70 surgeries in Juba and 50 in Rumbek and Malakal.

Medical specialists from Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia will perform the surgery.

The project is being supported by the UNFPA and AMREF.

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