United Nations Call for Collective Efforts to End Obstetric Fistula

Today is International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.

The United Nations since 2013, set aside May 23 every year to promote action towards treating and preventing obstetric fistula, a condition that affects many girls and women during childbirth in developing countries.

Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by protracted, obstructed labour in the absence of timely medical care, leaving women to leak urine and faeces.

Medical Experts say, if Left untreated, the condition can lead to infection, disease and infertility with sufferers sentenced to a life of misery, stigma and isolation.

According to the UN, injury has disappeared in rich countries but persists in poorer countries with inadequate maternal health care.

It decried that, an estimated five hundred thousand women and girls live with the condition.

Also, young bodies not ready for childbirth in cases of child marriage or unintended pregnancy are especially vulnerable.

The theme of this year’s observance is “End Fistula Now: Invest in Quality Healthcare, Empower Communities, is a call on governments of developing countries to act fast and curb the public health concern.

By Iyeh Enema

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