Caesarean Section: How I Lost My Baby and Husband
Alice, Ekatte Cross River State
According to statistics from UNFPA, over two million women are living with fistula worldwide and 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop annually. In Nigeria alone, 12,000 new cases occur annually while 200,000 live with the condition. Unfortunately, only 5,000 of the victims have access to treatment.
Sadly, while a report by The Lancet showed that caesarean section is an alternative to preventing fistula, findings among fistula patients in Cross River State showed that more cases are occurring due mismanaged caesarean section by medical doctors. Data from hospitals across the country also showed that Nigeria is recording over 20 per cent of Iatrogenic fistula (cases caused by mismanaged caesarean section).
Alice experienced all of these. First, she was thrown out of her matrimonial home by her husband because she was leaking urine. “Since 2014 I have been abandoned by my husband who married another woman. He told me he could not spend money on my treatment. I lost my baby, lost my husband and lost my dignity,” Alice lamented.
Long years of misconception that Obstetric Fistula is restricted to the northern part of the country significantly affected the intervention of a condition that renders victims helpless
“My experience has not been funny. I used to be a big time businesswoman. I usually travelled to Nassarawa State to buy goods. But today, I cannot go out without pamper and that has been happening for the past three years. The cost has been so enormous on my family,” she explained. I have been abandoned, rejected -Ekaette Unlike other fistula clients, the condition of Ekaette may have affected her psychologically. Picked by a Good Samaritan and brought to Ogoja VVF Centre, she was only able to recall her name and where she came from when Sunday Vanguard met with her.