MULTAN: Early age marriages and pregnancy related complications largely cause fistula problem in women, said Head of Urology Department at NMI, Dr Muhammad Rafiq Anjum.
He was addressing a press conference in connection with United Nations day to end Obstetric Fistula at Regional Fistula Centre of Nishtar Medical Institute (NMI) Friday.
Around 2 to 3.5 million women suffer from fistula in under developed countries while it is unknown to developed countries of the world.
Fistula is a preventable disease but it has acquired social stigam and people usually ignored treatment of women suffering from fistula in proper manner.He stressed upon the need to create awareness regarding this disease among the masses.
“Husbands either divorce their wives or abandoned them if they suffer from fistula”,said the Professor of Urology, adding that tales of such patients were really very shocking.
He said that regional Fistula Centre established in ward no-8 at NMI was not only treating the patients but also giving them rehabilitation opportunity. He said 362 patients were treated at NMI since 2006 and ratio of the success rate is 95 per cent, he stated.
Prof. Anjum said that 800 expecting women died of child birth related
complications daily,adding that new cases of this ‘hidden problem’ ranging from 50,000 to 100,000 were being added annually.
Also expressing her views,Head of Gynaecology Department at NMI, Dr Huma Qudussi said that unsupervised pregnancies and deliveries were resulting in fistula.
“Healthy women and healthy babies were very important for the future of
the country”,Dr Huma said, adding that supervised pregnancies, deliveries and antenatal care could lessen the problem.
She urged religious scholars to play their role for spreading awareness among the masses regarding negative effects and fall-outs of early age marriages.
Dr Huma regretted that patients of fistula were outcast by society instead of getting them treated medically. Dr Ghulam Haider Qaisarani and Dr Siddiq Khan Qadri also spoke on the occasion.A number of doctors and paramedics attended the ceremony.