Government rolls out free obstetric fistula operations

By Abigirl Tembo Health Editor

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care has enlisted the services of the United Nations Population fund and non-profit making organisation Artemedis to offer free medical procedures to women who have child birth injuries known as obstetric fistula.

Women with obstetric fistula, which is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged labour without prompt medical intervention, have been urged to take advantage of the free surgeries which are being provided by the Ministry of Health and Child Care and its partners countrywide.

The programme, which started on the 18th of April will run for two weeks until the 29th of April.

“Currently we have an obstetric fistula repair camp that is running at Morgenster hospital in Masvingo. We have 3 centres that we use for these camps and we aim to do one or two camps every 3 months so we have Morgenster, Mashoko and Chinhoyi Provincial hospital. So the registration is free, there is a WhatsApp number that is circulating. You can use that. If you know someone who has that problem or if you have that problem of continuously leaking urine or faecal matter after giving birth, call that number so that you book, everything is for free, the bus fare that you use to the repair centre will be reimbursed, the total care that happens during theatre and after theatre recovery everything is for free. So in each camp we target to repair 100 cases,” said Dr Lucia Gondongwe Acting director reproductive health.

Cumulatively, 500 successful operations have so far been conducted under the programme which started in 2018.