Health News of Saturday, 2 November 2013
Dr Ben Adusei, Urologist at the Military Hospital has advised men whose wives are suffering from Vesico Vaginal Fistula to minimise their sexual drives in order to save their wives from further complications.
He said many husbands fail to control their libido for a period of three or six months during which obstetric fistula patients (wives) tissues undergo repairs.
Dr Adusei said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency during Pan African Urological Surgeons Association's maiden conference in Ghana on Friday.
The conference brought together urological surgeons in Africa to discuss conditions relating to genital and urinary tract affecting men, women and children.
Dr Adusei said in Ghana, many people had medical conditions relating to bladder, kidney, urinal tract, penis, testicles and vagina.
He explained that Vesico Vaginal Fistula could occur when the blood supply to the tissues of the vagina and the bladder was restricted, and holes created, leading to uncontrollable passage of urine.
He said in some instances holes could form between the tissues of the vagina and rectum, resulting in uncontrollable leakage of faeces.
Dr Adusei said female genital mutilation, complications during labour, vaginal cancer and trauma could cause Vesico Vaginal Fistula, which could also lead to psychological trauma, depression and loss of blood. “Husbands must stay away during the period of tissue repairs”, he said.
He said the treatment of the fistula disease was complex and required urologists with specialised training and experience, but not necessarily general training in urology. Emeritus Professor Edward Yehoah, Urology consultant at the Department of Surgery, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital said about 200 fistula complication cases were treated free of charge by the participants.
The World Health Organisation describes fistula as "the single most dramatic aftermath of neglected childbirth." Professor Yehoah, therefore, advised patients to report cases on time to the relevant health centres for treatment.