Rwandan Hospital Offers Free Surgery to ‘Fistula’ Patients

Kibagabaga hospital

If you are a mother and has been battling the deadly Fistula disease after birth, you could now be close to regaining your health.

Kibagabaga hospital – one of Rwanda’s referral hospitals in Kigali has announced it will offer a special operation on mothers who are battling Fistula after birth.

All they need is just a health insurance card. Transport, food and accommodation will be provided free of charge.

‘Obstetric fistula’ is a deadly disease that has affected millions of mothers around the world.

The disease is caused by a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder that is caused by prolonged obstructed labour.

With this problem, a woman has no voluntary control over urination or defecation. Most women especially in rural areas suffer the disease and find it difficult to report it to the hospital especially due to the fact that some never attend antenatal care at health posts.

Recently, KTPress did a story of three mothers in rural Nyaruguru district, Southern Rwanda, who say they may never be able to appear in public again.

These mothers have resorted to living lonely lives after the doctor told them that their health problem was beyond his capacity.

For five to eight years now, the three women from Cyahinda sector cannot walk in public neither can they have the chance to sit with neighbors in ordinal community meeting to discuss society matters – akagoroba k’ababyeyi, due to the stigma associated with this disease.

They cannot sit with family members and cannot attend a wedding of their children, because the community perceives them as “cursed”.

A communique signed by Dr. Avite Mutanganzwa, Medical director of Kibagabaga hospital says that a team of American doctors will arrive in the country to carry out the operation between January 29th to February 10th, 2018.

To spread the word, the hospital has provided toll free lines: 0788834819 or 0788563333 on which patients can call and get more details.

According to Ministry of health officials, more than 3,600 women have been treated the fistula disease since 2005 countrywide.

Official estimates show that two in 1,000 Rwandan mothers are fistula victims.




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