NAKURU, Kenya, Oct 24 – Several women suffering from obstetric fistula got a life changing experience after receiving free correction surgery in Nakuru.
The women travelled from as far as Kajiado, Laikipia and Kitui to get the free service which was being offered by the office of Nakuru County Government in conjunction with the Africa Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) Kenya.
The exercise started last week at the Nakuru County Referral Hospital with training of medical staff at the facility followed by screening of patients on Monday.
Five correction surgeries were done on Wednesday while another five were done Thursday at the newly commissioned Margaret Kenyatta Mother-Baby Wing.
The week long fistula camp which is being coordinated from Nakuru First Lady, Elizabeth Kinyanjui’s office will end in Friday and targets to reach as many patients as possible.
Speaking at the hospital when she visited the recuperating patients, Elizabeth said the beneficiaries would go about their lives without stigma following the correction.
“Those suffering from fistula should not suffer in silence, I appeal to all of them wherever they are to come and get treatment,” she said.
She commended AMREF for partnering with the county, offering expertise and training staff.
She at the same time asked expectant mothers to attend ante natal clinic and go to hospitals for assisted deliveries to avoid fistula.
“The government and counties have invested heavily in medical care and even free National Health Insurance Fund registration for expecting mothers and it would be bad if women get fistula due to unassisted births at home,” she said.
County Executive Committee Member for Health Kariuki Gichuki said the county considered running the fistula camp annually.