The Federal Government of Nigeria has launched the guideline on Urethral Catherization for prevention and management of Obstetric Fistula in Nigeria.
Urethral catheterization is a routine medical procedure that facilitates direct drainage of the urinary bladder. It may be used for diagnostic purposes (to help determine the etiology of various genitourinary conditions) or therapeutically (to relieve urinary retention, instill medication, or provide irrigation).
Catheters may be inserted as an in-and-out procedure for immediate drainage, left in with a self-retaining device for short-term drainage (as during surgery), or left indwelling for long-term drainage in patients with chronic urinary retention.(Medscape)
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole while launching the guideline as part of the 6th International Conference of International Society on Obstetric Fistula Surgeon (ISOFS) in Abuja, promised government’s renewed commitment to end obstetric fistula in the country.
The Minister said: “It is not enough to keep on repairing, we must close the tap, by closing the tap, I mean we should do everything possible to stop all new cases of obstetric fistula in Nigeria”.
He stressed that as part federal government contributions to repair all fistula cases, the ministry had established three dedicated fistula hospital in the country namely Abalaki, Ebony State, Baba Ruga Katsina State, and Ningi in Bauchi State, adding that the government intend to establish three more in the year 2017.
“We need to tackle the root causes by addressing education and poverty: when a woman is educated, she would understand what it means to have a child, understand what it mean to seek for medical care when things are not going well”.
The Minister reaffirmed that the Federal Government of Nigeria was committed to put in place reasonable resources in the current budget to address social welfare problem that would lift people out of poverty.
He said when people are educated and have resources, they could live well, eat well, and they would really attend issues affecting not only their health but general wellbeing.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Deputy Representative, UNFPA, Nigeria Country Office Eugene Kongnyuy, said there was need for experts at the meeting to think differently from the normal routine.
He called for robust campaign against early marriage and harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation which he considered the main cause of Obstetric Fistula.
In her presentation, the wife of the Niger State Governor, Dr. Amina Abubakar Bello said the her project RAISE FOUNDATION was working toward improving the lives of women and children including creating awareness and repair of fistula patients in Niger State adding that the foundation was willing to partner with the Federal Government of Nigeria in the quest to end obstetric fistula in Nigeria.