– The Dormaa East District Hospital-Wamfie with the assistance of a surgical
outreach team from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has successfully conducted
fistula repair surgeries on some residents within the District.
patients were six gynaecological cases and one fistula case involving a 44-year
old mother of eight who developed fistula two years after undergoing a fibroid
A statement signed
and copied to the Ghana News Agency by Dr Gabriel Ganyaglo, a Surgeon at the
Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital explained that her leakage started when the catheter
was removed few days after her fibroid surgery.
It said although she
could void by herself, she noticed she also leaked urine uncontrollably and
narrated how miserable she felt whenever going to bed knowing her bed would be
wet the next morning.
The fistula repair
surgery, the statement disclosed, was performed on May 27, 2019 and she had
since been discharged and re-gaining control of her voiding function.
“It was with much
joy and elation that the Acting Medical Superintendent Dr. Ransford
Hoyah-Quashie declared: ‘we are on the fistula map now. We should be
re-designated as a regional hospital,” the statement said.
It quoted Dr
Ganyaglo as saying: “We have to demystify fistula surgery. This surgery was
successfully performed using the instruments available in the facility and I
believe it is possible to find expertise within each region to support smaller
facilities in performing fistula repairs.”
“We can truncate the
misery of our patients if we pool resources towards fistula care in Ghana. Let
us look within, let us own the programme to end fistula in Ghana,” he added.
commended the staff of the Wamfie Hospital for their leadership, dedication and
commitment, which contributed immensely to the successful conducting of the
surgery, the statement said.
According to the
statement, the patient expressed her gratitude to God for bringing the team to
her aid and described her two-year period of leakage as “hell”.
“I came in leaking,
but now I leave dry. Thanks be to God” she said.
The hospital started
as a health centre in the late 1970s. It was re-built as a polyclinic in April,
2014 and on June 1, 2016 was upgraded to a district hospital.
Currently, it is a
45-bed capacity facility with an annual out-patient attendance of 37,000 and
1,100 in-patient admissions. The hospital appears to be on track to making
strides in the Bono Region, the statement said.
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