Over 50 mothers in Bungoma County are set to undergo Fistula corrective surgery during the ongoing obstetric fistula medical camp.
The program is being spearheaded by Bungoma first lady Her Excellence Caroline Wesonga Wangamati.
The operations is taking place at Webuye County Referral Hospital and it kicked off on Monday and expected to end on Friday this week according to the area governor Wycliffe Wangamati.
“This is to help hold the dignity of mothers who have been suffering from fistula for a long time, some of them developed the condition after giving birth that resulted to it,” said the governor.
On Wednesday the program received a shot in the arm for its ongoing obstetric fistula medical camp after several partners agreed to support it.
UNFPA Country Representative Dr Ademola Olajide committed fistula repair kits to the medical camp.
Organised by the Office of the First Lady with support from MPesa Foundation, Amref and Flying Doctors Society of Africa, the camp will see up to 60 mothers undergoing corrective surgery by a team of specialized doctors.
Already, 26 mothers have successfully undergone surgery at the Webuye Sub County Referral Hospital.
The fourth of such exercise since 2018, the medical camp seeks to help hundreds of mothers in the County – some of who have lived with obstetric fistula for decades – to recover their dignity.
Wangamati says the condition while largely treatable, is hugely stigmatising and is responsible for impoverishing families and breaking homes.
Making a case for Bungoma, the First Lady said the County leadership had done so much including streamlining the running of healthcare facilities and improving healthcare infrastructure but can do with a boost from the partners.
In what signals even greater collaboration in healthcare between the County and partners, Dr Ademola said they will be placing Bungoma top on the list of 12 focus counties in which the UN body will be working for the next 5 years to improve the state of healthcare and addressing the worrying statistics of maternal health and specifically teen pregnancies.
The move followed discussions in which Governor Wangamati highlighted what he has done so far to improve healthcare in the county, the real burden of disease and areas in which partners could step in and help.
He requested UNFPA and MPesa Foundation to help equip the 300-bed capacity mother and child hospital due for completion in a month – a challenge the two entities accepted to undertake.
Head of MPesa Foundation Ms Karen Basiye said as an institution and in collaboration with others, they will be investing in equipping the facility towards ensuring that no mother suffers the indignity of fistula or any other gynecological complications because they are bringing forth a life.
Other high ranking officials that were part of the discussions are Advisor on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at UNFPA Dr Dan Okoro, Chief Executive Officer of Flying Doctors Society of Africa and Representatives from Amref.