Kajiado County Government in partnership with AMREF Health Africa and Bayer East Africa will conduct a seven – day surgical mission from the 21 – 28 August in Kajiado referral hospital for women with obstetric fistula with the aim to restore women dignity.
Fistula is a disease that occurs as a complication of obstructed labour whereby a hole (fistula) develops between the rectum or bladder and the vagina. In most cases the baby is still unborn and the women faces long disorders like severe infections and nerve damage in the legs.
The cause of fistula is the absence of skilled care to manage obstructed labour.it is also caused by delays when a mother is transferred to a health centre in remote areas where the infrastructure is poor.
Speaking during the launch the deputy governor honorable Paul Ntiaki said women have suffered a lot.
“Many women have suffered a lot and isolate themselves because they have fistula but thanks to AMREF our women will now get treatment and see themselves as member of the community. We want Kajiado County to be fistula free.” Said hon. Ntiaki
AMREF CEO D.r Githinji Gitahi said many women feel excluded.
“Millions of girls and young women in resource poor counties are ashamed and isolated often abandoned by their husbands and excluded by their families and community. They often live in poverty, shunned and blamed by the society. We want to help our women feel comfortable and with the support of the county government the patient will get quality fistula repair services.” Said D.r Gitahi
Also present were first lady Josephine Nkedienye, health CECM Gladys Marima, Hon. Jebii Kilimo CEO Kenya anti FGM mission and other county officials.