*At Sobi Specialist Hospital Ilorin
EngenderHealth, the implementer of USAID’s Fistula Care Plus Project has been instrumental to the successful treatment of 14 women who suffered the disease at the Sobi Specialist Hospital in Ilorin.
The Vesico Vaginal Fistula clients were screened and repaired free of charge during the just concluded pooled efforts sponsored by the organisation.
A fistula surgeon, Dr Shukrah Okesina, disclosed these while speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
She said the pooled effort was the second in the year, recalling that 28 fistula clients were repaired during the pooled efforts held in August at the hospital.
Dr Okesina who is a Consultant, Obstetrician and Gynecologist at the Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin explained that the repairs were done with the support of other fistula surgeons mobilised by EngenderHealth from across the country.
She noted that the hospital recorded over 85% success rate in all the repairs it had so far carried out.
Dr Okesina explained that fistula repairs is a special field which requires expertise in order not to cause scar on vagina tissue needed to close up the hole.
“Routinely, we do repairs on simple cases but when we have complex cases we do schedule them for pooled efforts. During the pooled efforts, with radio announcements, we do receive clients from Kwara, neighbouring Oyo, Osun, Kogi and from Lagos State”.
Dr Okesina advised women not to labour beyond 12 hours before seeking higher medical attention to ensure safe delivery.
She admonished women who have fistula to report for treatment at the designated health facilities to access free medical attention.
Dr Okesina also encouraged doctors to develop interest in fistula repairs and seek proper training with a view to ensuring successful repairs and clear the backlog of fistula cases in the country.