August 7, 2018 3:16 pm

The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba has called for the active participation of all relevant stakeholders in fighting Fistula which affects the dignity and development of women.

Hon. Otiko Djaba made this call on Tuesday 6th August 2018 at the launch of Access bank’s Fistula campaign in Accra. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness on Fistula and to help repair and integrate 100 women with the condition.

According to Hon. Otiko Afisa Djaba, the ministry of gender, with funding from the ECOWAS Gender Development Centre, have supported women and girls suffering from Obstetric fistula to be repaired and integrated into the society.

However, she emphasised that a lot more can be achieved in fighting the menace with the active involvement of all relevant stakeholders. “The effort of the Ministry of gender and the Ministry of health alone cannot be enough to address the issues. A lot of successes can be chalked when we all put our hands to plough to provide more healthcare centers and improved services to alleviate the challenges of attaining gender equality and equity when it comes to access to quality health care services and delivery for women and girls’’ she said.

Hon. Otiko Djaba, therefore, called on the media, traditional rulers, community members and all relevant stakeholders to collaborate to help in the fight against fistula.

The managing director of Access Bank Ghana, Mr. Ifeanyi Njoku in his speech, expressed the commitment the bank to the fight of Fistula and also urged the society to join the advocacy to help promote the health of women and children.

According to data, 1300 new cases of fistula are recorded every year in Ghana.