DORIS KASOTE, Solwezi
A TOTAL of 1,900 women have undergone fistula repairs in Zambia since 2015, though more needs to be done, UNFPA country representative Mary Otieno has said.
Dr Otieno also said four doctors have so far been trained to conduct fistula repairs, with the
long-term plan being a doctor trained in fistula repairs in each province.
Dr Otieno was speaking when she and WHO representative Jacob Mufunda paid a curtesy call on North-Western Province Minister Richard Kapita.
And Mr Kapita said he did not realise how many women suffer from fistula, and urged them to seek medical attention.
“People need awareness for them to speak out because help is available,” he said.
Mr Kapita said Government appreciates the efforts by UNFPA and other cooperating partners in ensuring safe motherhood.
The safe motherhood week ran from May 15 through to May 17, when the launch took place.
Meanwhile, Dr Mufunda said it is critical to involve traditional leaders in the awareness campaigns.
“It is important to engage traditional leaders in awareness programmes to enable them sensitise their various communities,” he said.
A meeting with traditional leaders in North Western Province was one of the activities to commemorate safe motherhood week.