The Northern Regional Director of the Department of Gender, Mr I.P.S. Zakaria-Saa, has encouraged women suffering from obstetric fistula to seek early medical care since its treatment is free.
He said fistula was one of the factors causing the breakdown of marriages in parts of the country, pointing out that women should not feel shy to report cases of fistula to health facilities for treatment.
He explained that fistula was a health condition and not a disease, as seen by many uninformed persons who considered the condition as a disease or a curse from the gods.
Mr Zakaria-Saa was speaking on the effects of early marriages at a stakeholders’ workshop held at Bimbilla in the Nanumba North District in the Northern Region.
The programme, organised by the Centre for Initiative Against Human Trafficking (CIATH), a non-governmental Organisation (NGO), was on the theme: Campaign against child marriage.”
According to the Fistula Foundation, obstetric fistula, which is a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder caused by prolonged obstructed labour, is the most devastating and serious of all childbirth injuries that leaves a woman unable to control urine or faeces or both.