7 new fistula patients identified in Gaibandha


The Department of Family Planning (DFP)

completed the observance of Fistula Week-2023 on Saturday with identification

of seven new obstetric fistula patients in Gaibandha district.

"The week was observed to create awareness among people about the curable

obstetric fistula disease, identify patients and bring them under cost-free

treatments marking the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula-2023," a

press release said here today.

The Directorate General of Health Services, UNFPA-funded LAMB Elimination of

Genital Fistula by Capturing, Treating, Rehabilitating and Reintegrating in

Bangladesh (FRRei) project and Community Health and Development Programme

extended support to observe the week.

As per the direction of Rangpur Divisional Director of the DFP Dewan Morshed

Kamal, the DFP of Gaibandha observed the Fistula Week through a meeting

titled "Planning Meeting on Fistula Week Observation" held in Gaibandha on

May 15 last.

Accordingly, Deputy Director of the DFP, Gaibandha Prasenjit Prannoy Mishra

engaged 371 family planning health service providers who visited 20,740

households door-to-door in seven upazilas of Gaibandha to identify fistula

patients and disseminate information about fistula.

During the weeklong door-to-door visits, seven new fistula patients were

identified, including four patients in Gaibandha Sadar upazila and three were

identified in Shaghata upazila.

"During the last two years, 43 obstetric fistula patients were identified in

Gaibandha, 35 of them were referred to LAMB Hospital at Parbatipur in

Dinajpur where all of the 35 patients recovered after undergoing surgeries,"

the release added.

Talking to BSS, Program Manager of the LAMB FRRei Project Mahatab Liton

narrated the activities of LAMB in eliminating obstetric fistula from Rangpur

and Rajshahi divisions as a part of the government's efforts to end obstetric

fistula from the country by 2030.

"Under the FRRei project, potential fistula patients are initially identified

and referred to fistula corners in upazila and district hospitals and

patients with fistula are fully assisted in operation and rehabilitation,"

Liton added.

Deputy Project Manager of FRRei project Dr. Tahmina Khatun Soniya said

obstetric fistula is a devastating injury in which an abnormal opening forms

between a woman's bladder and vagina resulting in urinary incontinence,

chronic health complexities, depression and social isolation.

"The DFP of Gaibandha observed the Fistula Week for more publicity involving

field-level health and family planning workers on prevention of obstetric

fistula and inspiring fistula patients to avail cost-free treatment

facilities," she added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha