Fistula, a condition caused by prolonged labour without prompt attention, resulting in damage of the bladder, leading to uncontrolled passage of urine and faeces, is on the increase in the Upper West Region.

Already, about 34 cases have been reported in the region between January and August, this year.

The affected women have been screened, awaiting surgery to correct the condition.

Georgina Osman, a public health nurse at the Regional Health directorate, disclosed this when she gave an update of obstetric fistula in the region at a workshop for media practitioners.

Ms Osman said 24 women were detected with the ailment last year, out of which 21 had their conditions repaired through surgery, while the remaining three who had severe conditions were referred to Tamale for further medical attention.

She said the repair of a fistula condition, which is estimated to cost GH¢300 per person, is funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Ms Osman called on women with the ailment to report at the hospital to be treated to enable them to lead normal lives and to contribute more meaningfully to societal development.

She urged the public not to shun women with the problem but to encourage them to report to the hospital for medical attention to correct the situation.

Ms Osman said a survey conducted, showed that about 15 per cent of women in the Northern, Upper East and West regions, as well as the Brong-Ahafo Region, give birth before age 18 and this exposed them to serious risks.

She urged pregnant women to visit the antenatal clinic for regular examination and to quickly report to the near¬est health facilities when in labour to avert complica¬tions.

The Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Alexis Nang-Beifubah, said “maternal injuries and deaths are not only medical, but also issues of justice,” and called on health personnel to ensure quality health care delivery.

Source: Ghanaian Times