LIRA, UGANDA: Ms Alice Emasu Seruyange the Executive Director of Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital has raised an alarm over the creation of awareness on the issue of increased fistula among young girls that must be speeded up.
Ms Emasu was today 15th June, 2023 addressing the media from Pacific Grand Hotel in Lira city where she narrated to the media the dilemma in which teenage girls are defiled, or married off and end up with fistula.
“Teenage girls are defiled or married off and end up with fistula amidst laws and policies that exist even from different actors,” said Emasu.
According to her, Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital has for the last 20 years of their service benefited over 1000 women suffering from Fistula, majority of whom are from the Teso and Lango subregions.
She added that the participants of the VHTs, Midwives and concerned doctors are key in the identification of the women suffering from Fistula.
At least 37 participants including RDCs, LCV Chairpersons, and community development officers among others attended the stakeholders’ dialogue workshop hosted by Lira district was organized by TERREWODE.
During his remarks, the Lira LCV Chairman Richard Max Okello Orik said as leaders in social service they shall continue with advocacy and pledge total support for the Terrewode Women’s Community and likewise the VHTs should also be supported.
Ms Acen Caroline, one of the patients confessed to the media that when she suffered from fistula for a long time, until when she was referred by health workers in Lira to TERREWODE Women’s Community Hospital in Soroti where she was operated on and is now healthy.
Acen encouraged fellow women who are still suffering from Fistula to rush to Soroti and obtain such treatment.
While closing the dialogue meeting, the Apac Resident District Commissioner Mr Abdul George, said in a household where the mother is healthy such a family is likely to be healthy.
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