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Bwaila Fistula Camp ready for reopening

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EXCITED — Jason wants to be operated on first

Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda has disclosed that the fistula camp at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe, which was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will be reopened this week.

The wing which patients with the condition were using so that they could be operated on was turned into a Covid-19 isolation centre.

Last week Friday we published a story about a woman who was about to have her obstetric fistula condition repaired but missed it after the camp was closed.

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The woman is now home and cannot engage in several public activities as she leaks urine and excreta due to her medical condition.

And in an interview on Monday, Chiponda said all is set for the camp to start operating again so that dozens of women seeking fistula repair services can be assisted.

“I had a meeting with all stakeholders involved in the administration of the fistula section at Bwaila Hospital as well as development partners. We have agreed that the section should be reopened this week,” Chiponda said.

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The news has excited Alinafe Jason, one of the women who left Bwaila Hospital just days before she could be operated on as the fistula section was to be used as an isolation centre.

“I want to be the first person to be operated on after the camp reopens. I can’t wait to start living a normal life again. I want to be part of activities in my community. This shame has to go; it will be a great relief,” Jason said.

She added that like several other women from rural areas, she cannot afford to have her condition repaired at a private facility because of exorbitant charges.

The 2015-16 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey showed that six in every 1,000 women in the country experience obstetric fistula.

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