Access Bank provides US$70,000 support to treat fistula patients
Access Bank Ghana has launched a campaign to fight against obstetric fistula and help create awareness about the condition among women in the country
The amount is the initial commitment of the bank to partner with Mercy Women’s Catholic Hospital, Mankessim, to treat the condition in a bid to fight fistula, as well as eradicating its associated
Speaking at the launch, the Managing Director (MD) of the bank, Mr Ifeanyi Njoku, said the initiative was a key development focus of the bank as they set themselves to empower women, since they formed a larger majority of the country’s populace who were most likely affected by a wide range of developmental challenges.
He added that the campaign was relevant at this time when the Health Ministry had estimated that over 1,300 new cases of women with obstetric fistula were recorded annually.
“As a leading bank in Africa, we would like to be a relevant stakeholder, an active partner
He, therefore, called on Ghanaians to embrace the campaign by intensifying public education, especially on
That, he said, would save women the pain they went through, both physical and psychological, when they had the condition.
“The alarming state of the obstetric Fistula disease in the country requires the support of well-meaning Ghanaians and institutions in creating awareness to control the prevalence of the disease, as we intensify actions towards ending it,” he stated.
An Obstetrician at Mercy Women’s Catholic Hospital,
“The opening between the vagina, rectum
According to the medical expert, other potential direct causes of the development of the condition were sexual abuse and rape, other surgical trauma,
Early marriage, domestic violence, female genital mutilation and malnutrition, which is linked to under-development of the female body, and lack of education, he added, also put women at great risk for developing
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection,
She said the funds were aimed at supporting women and young girls suffering from obstetric fistula to get the condition repaired and reintegrated into society.