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Garissa county first lady calls for an end to early marriages

The  Garissa  County Governor’s wife,  Fardowsa  Osman has appealed to area residents to say “no” to early marriages, FGM and all  retrogressive cultural practices.

Fardowsa  was  speaking on Sunday at the Garissa referral hospital when she visited 23 women with fistula problems.

The  women  are admitted at the facility after undergoing surgery following a 5 day free fistula camp sponsored by Fountain  of Hope, an initiative of Governor’s wife, County Department of Health, Amref  Africa and Global One.

Fardowsa  said  early marriages and FGM were part of the wider causes of fistula that inflict pain and trauma to the
affected  women.

She  wished quick recovery to the patients and urged them to take back the message of the successful free treatment to affected mothers who have no access to medical facilities.

“The programme comes twice a year and we expect many who are affected but are still living in pain to benefit from the next  medical camp”, Fardowsa said.

She  thanked  the medical team for their tireless effort during the camp where a total of 93 mothers were screened and medics led by a General Surgeon, Dr. Ernest Amos Siwo were able to put almost 20 patients under surgery while others were screened, treated and discharged.

The first lady appealed to all stakeholders to focus more on preventive measures by educating the local community on  fistula to avoid costly medical expense.

The  Garissa County Chief Officer for Health, Isnino Rage said the five 5 fistula camp programme also entails free treatment and social support programme for the affected mothers.

”Most of the affected mothers feel despised and neglected due to the waste discharge forcing them to go under a self-imposed house arrest,” Rage said.

She  said those who are treated feel their dignity had been restored.

The  Chief Officer said trained midwives need more training especially on how to check for obstructed labour that mainly causes fistula.

By  Jacob  Songok

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