The United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) is set to open an obstetric fistula clinic. The clinic will be the first such health facility in the southern region of the country. The construction of the clinic was funded by the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP).
The UBH acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr Richard Sithole revealed in an interview that the clinic was targeted at helping women with urinary incontinence problems. He said:
UNDP gave us these funds to put infrastructure and we are almost complete with the structure. This is the first clinic to be put in a public hospital in the southern region as we have one in Chinhoyi.
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This surgery is critical for women because it’s a condition that many women suffer from but they have nowhere to be treated. Private hospitals that offer such health services are expensive for an ordinary patient so this has come as a rescue for members of the public.
Mr Sithole said that most women are not aware that the condition needs medical attention. He said:
The majority of women with this condition do not know that it is something that should be treated. When they come for some other treatment like pregnancy check, through comprehensive screening, medical practitioners discover that the women have such conditions and they are referred for treatment.
Sithole said that the clinic is likely to be opned this year. He also said that the clinic has two theatres, one for operations and the other for other maternal services.
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