Friday, 19 July

Champion awareness, support for obstetric fistula treatment – Rashid Pelpuo to MPs

Health News
First Lady, Dr Pelpou (right)

Dr. Rashid Pelpuo, Chairman of the Population and Development Committee of Parliament, has urged Members of Parliament (MPs) to take a leading role in combating obstetric fistula.

Addressing a UNFPA conference in Accra, Dr. Pelpuo emphasized that MPs can make a significant impact by raising awareness on preventing obstetric fistula, supporting prevention efforts, and allocating part of their common fund to support the treatment of victims of this devastating condition.

Obstetric fistula is a serious childbirth injury that occurs when a woman experiences prolonged and obstructed labour, resulting in a tear between the vagina and bladder or rectum. This injury leads to incontinence and other complications. If left untreated, fistula can cause chronic pain, shame, and social isolation. However, with timely and appropriate treatment, women can experience healing and restoration of their dignity.

The UNFPA conference brought together key stakeholders, including the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the UNFPA Country Director, Dr. Wilfred Ochan, and the Norwegian Ambassador.

Dr. Pelpuo highlighted that by taking these steps, MPs can help prevent obstetric fistula, support those affected, and ultimately improve the health and well-being of women and girls in our communities.

He also reiterated the importance of leveraging parliamentary influence to educate the public and support initiatives aimed at preventing and treating obstetric fistula.

The program served as a call to action for policymakers and health advocates to intensify efforts in the fight against obstetric fistula.