LIBERIA: Gender Ministry Welcomes ECOWAS Medical Aid To Women With Fistula

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Williametta Saydee Tarr

(LINA) – The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) has welcome the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) provision of medical and financial assistance to women and girls struggling from obstetric fistula in Liberia.

The ECOWAS’ Commission, through the ECOWAS’ Gender Development Centre (EGDC) initiated a program in 2010 to provide medical and financial support to women and girls suffering from Obstetric Fistula in ECOWAS Member States.

According to a statement issued by the Gender Ministry, as part of the program the EGDC supported the medical operation and socio-economic reintegration of about one thousand and five hundred women and girls suffering from obstetric fistula.

The statement noted that these interventions have helped restore a healthy, dignified, and productive life to the beneficiary women and girls.

The Ministry of Gender called on women and girls who are experiencing early symptoms of fistula to immediately report to the nearest health center for treatment free of charge.

“We at the Gender Ministry believe that early treatment and preventive approaches are the surest ways to combat fistula in the country,” the statement said.

The Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry recently joined the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the rest of the World to celebrate the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.

The day was set aside on May 23 each year to be celebrated as International Day to end Fistula by the United Nations General Assembly.

It is aimed at raising awareness and intensifying efforts towards ending obstetric fistula globally.

According to the United Nations, Obstetric Fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth.

It is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum caused by prolonged, obstructed labor without treatment.

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