Liberia Fistula Project Conducts Surgery on Women & Girls

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Surgeons attached to the Ministry of Health’s Liberia Fistula Project (LFP) are conducting surgery on patients suffering from Obstetric Fistula.Members of the team commonly define this fistula as “pee pee and pupu sickness,” which only affects women and girls who develop it as a result of prolonged labor during childbirth.The LFP team only looks out for Obstetric Fistula which, according to them, is prevalent in Liberia because most of the sufferers are mothers who attempt to deliver their babies at home instead of going to a recognized health facility.NUMBER OF PATIENTS TARGETED FOR SURGERY The fistula team has earmarked 30 women for the current campaign, dubbed Tracking Fistula and Transforming Lives.The campaign, which began on February 18, was expected to end on March 4.However, the LFP surgical team, which has so far fixed the conditions of at least 14 women and girls from Bong and Grand Bassa Counties, won’t end its surgical operationsA staff of the LFP said at least five patients are awaiting the surgeons at the United Methodist Hospital in Ganta, Nimba County while another four are also waiting at the Liberian Government Hospital in Tubmanburg, Bomi County. Others are also said to be awaiting surgery at the Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Ms. Marlene Tokpa further told our Health Correspondent that this campaign, which is divided into two phases, includes the surgical and preventive aspects.The preventive campaign is expected to end on March 4, while the surgical aspect will continue whenever patients with this condition show up at any of the health facilities, including Phebe and Charles Burgess Dunbar (CB) Hospitals in Bong; Liberia Government Hospital in Bomi and United Methodist Hospital in Nimba.Obstetric Fistula surgery on these patients is “absolutely free of charge” and candidates only have to go to any of those health facilities to be operated on.Our Health Correspondent, who was embedded with the surgical team, witnessed the doctors fixing the conditions of 13 women and girls with Vesico-vaginal fistula and one with Uretero-vaginal fistula.The last case—Uretero-vaginal fistula— was a bit complicated for the other doctors and it required the intervention of Dr. John K. Mulbah, Lead Surgeon on the Liberia Fistula Project.Last December, Dr. Mulbah, who is a Gynecologist and also a professor at the University of Liberia’s A.M. Dioglotti College of Medicine, told the Daily Observer that the nation must brace itself for more fistula cases because more pregnant women were giving birth in their communities without the supervision of a trained and skilled birth attendant or doctors.He had said that the women were not coming to the available health centers or most of them were being rejected at the health facilities and hospitals. This was due to the complete breakdown of the nation’s health sector because of the deadly Ebola crisis, which ravaged the nation and has taken the lives of at least 4,000 persons in Liberia.The LFP lead surgeon told the Observer all of the 14 women and girls fixed last week at Phebe and C. B. Dunbar Hospitals were new cases of fistula and none was a recurrence case. “So we can see that the progress that we were making in reducing the back log of fistula patients has eroded and the new cases are going to again increase,” he said.He praised the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for providing most of the support for the work of the LFP.In February 2013, Dr. Mulbah had told this newspaper that the LFP team had been able to fix the fistula problems of more than a thousand girls and women from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and La Côte d’Ivoire. He had also disclosed that Liberian women and girls fixed amounted to at least 92 percent, three percent Ivorians and the rest, Guineans and Sierra Leoneans.However, he had stressed during that interview, that it was too early to celebrate the gains that were being made in trying to eradicate fistula from Liberia.PREVENTIVE ASPECT OF THE CAMPAIGNOn the preventive aspect of the current LFP campaign against fistula, the team brought together, alongside the surgical operations, at least 80 trained traditional midwives (TTMs) from both Bong and Nimba Counties.Alongside the TTMs, the team also included 40 other stakeholders, including youth leaders, driver union leaders and community leaders of both counties.They brought these stakeholders together in each county in order for them to help disseminate the information that their daughters, sisters, wives and mothers should not be delivered in their communities and that they should prevail on expectant mothers to go to the nearest health facility to deliver their babies.The LFP team is promoting the facility-based delivery as opposed to the home-based delivery so that when any complications arise, skilled birth attendants or doctors will be on hand to solve them.Mrs. Anna K. Gbe, a member of the LFP team, encouraged TTMs, who are most times the first in the rural communities to begin treating expectant mothers within their villages and towns, to encourage pregnant women and families to utilize antenatal care services; identify danger signs during pregnancy and make referrals and prepare pregnant women and their families for health facility delivery.At the end of the Nimba meeting, Mr. William S. Mandein, president, Sanniquellie Youth Association (SYA), expressed appreciation to the team and said he had only heard about fistula on the radio but didn’t know how humiliating it is for women suffering from this condition. He, like other participants, promised to mobilize their constituents to serve as ambassadors against fistula.The LFP team also took their campaign to high school students in both counties. Their specific message to the students was the use of family planning methods to keep them from getting unwanted pregnancy while they are yet students. They encouraged the students, especially the females to use family planning in order to have their future babies “by choice and not by chance.”About FistulaOne of the most serious injuries of childbearing is obstetric fistula, a hole in the vagina or rectum caused by labor that is prolonged – often for days – without treatment. Usually the baby dies.Because fistula leaves women leaking urine or feces, or both, it typically results in social isolation, depression and deepening poverty. Left untreated, fistula can lead to chronic medical problems. It can be prevented, however.Fistula can cause involuntary passage of urine and feces by its sufferers.  A woman with fistula cannot feel the urge to urinate or toilet. Both just come out anywhere at any time, leaving the woman very embarrassed and ashamed.last_img read more

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Western Stima promoted back to KPL

first_imgMukisa struck a brilliant free-kick beating the Coast Stima keeper to finally break the defensive block that had been set up by the visitors.With two matches left before the season ends, the powermen have moved to 76 points meaning they have gathered an unassailable lead from second spot.There is now only one automatic promotion slot left for the NSL sides to clash for with KCB and Nairobi Stima the only teams who can take the slot.Ushuru’s 1-1 draw with St. Joseph Youth earlier on Friday afternoon meant the best they can get is the third place position which will require them to take part in a play-off against the 16th placed team from the KPL.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Western Stima players line up before their match against Coast Stima at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 28, 2018NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – Western Stima have been promoted back to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) after beating Coast Stima 1-0 in a National Super League match played at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Friday evening.Their junior Stima brothers had come in and shown no mercy for their elders pressing and frustrating them, but the home side who have lost only once this season at their backyard ensured they won at the death, Junior Mukisa scoring in the 88th minute.last_img read more

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Premier League Preview Show

first_imgThis week, talkSPORT’s Tom Rennie is joined by the former Arsenal winger Adrian Clarke to discuss the Gunners latest Champions League failure ahead of their trip to Newcastle on Saturday. Adrian also has his say on why English clubs are struggling in Europe.The former Tottenham and Southampton defender Chris Perry looks ahead to Liverpool against Manchester United, a match Chris thinks will decide the race for 4th in the Premier League.Elsewhere, Alan Brazil picks his three to watch this weekend, tweets of the week and Nathan Quao from Citi FM in Ghana (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners plays ‘Tom against the World’.last_img read more

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Lake Tahoe sightseeing flights may be restricted

first_imgKINGS BEACH, Calif. _ In response to complaints by residents and conservationists, a bistate agency is considering tighter restrictions on sightseeing flights over Lake Tahoe. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency officials plan to review flying regulations after being told that helicopters are cruising too close to the nation’s largest alpine lake. At last week’s TRPA governing board meeting, Jim Hildinger of South Lake Tahoe challenged tour group operators’ assertion that they have the quietest aircraft available and maintain responsible altitudes during flights. “Standing on the pier at Camp Richardson, I can hear that machine during its entire flight from the time it takes off from the airport until it returns 20 minutes later,” he said. “It takes 10 minutes to unload and reload and here it comes again.” He estimated only 2,160 of Lake Tahoe’s 720,000″-plus annual tourists fly above the lake in helicopters. “Ninety”-nine”-point”-nine percent (of visitors) would agree that having a helicopter fly overhead every 30 minutes all day long is an undesirable experience as a part of their Lake Tahoe vacation,” Hildinger said. Sierra Club spokesman Michael Donahoe said his group is concerned low”-flying helicopters are scaring away basin wildlife, including eagles. “(We) are very concerned that if something is not done our eagles will be gone,” Donahoe said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Silverbacks all set for World Cup qualifiers

first_img Tags: basketball ugandasilverbackssports top Mandy Juruni believes the team is set for the World Cup qualifiers this weekend: COURTESY PHOTOFIBA world cup qualifiers 2019Group BBamako, Mali23rd-25th Feb-2018The Uganda Men’s basketball team, The Silverbacks are all set for the upcoming world cup qualifiers this weekend, according to coach Mandy Juruni.The team flew out of the country on Sunday morning for Bamako, Mali and have had several training session there.The team coach Mandy Juruni who is also the head coach of five time league defending champions City Oilers believes that they are all set for the games.“The minicamp has helped us greatly, said Juruni in an interview.“The team is looking much better both physically and mentally.“We have had sessions where we have concentrated on our transition and shooting and now we are putting focus on defence and how best we can defend as a team.“The team defence is our main point of concentration as we prepare for the first game against Nigeria.“We want to polish the areas that need to be improved as soon as we can and that(team defence) is one of them.“We have to know which shape to fall into when we lose the ball in different situations.When asked about player Samuel Mukooza who he didn’t get a chance to see in Uganda before the team left, Juruni had this to say.“Samuel is not yet 100% but he is looking much better with each passing day.“When you see him train, you see the intelligent player in him, he is a very good decision maker and his shooting is way up there amongst the best we have in the team.“I think he will be at the same level with the others come match day one against Nigeria.Mukooza last featured for the Silverbacks at the 2015 Afro Basket in Tunisia where he was the best passer in team Uganda.He last played professionally for Swedish side Trelleborg Basket in 2015.The two players Brandon Ssebirumbi and Stanley Ocitti  who were expected to join the Silverbacks in Mali are all already in camp as they arrived on Wednesday.Uganda is in group B along with Nigeria, Mali and Rwanda.They face Nigeria tomorrow(Friday), then Mali on Saturday before they take on Rwanda on Sunday.The second and final phase will take place in June and Uganda will take on all the three sides again.The players for team Uganda:Jimmy Abraham EnabuJoshua JohnsonRobinson Odoch OpongSyrus KiviiriMark OpioSamuel MukoozaStephen OmonyJoseph IkongJames OkelloStanley MugerwaStanley OcittiBrandon SebirumbiComments last_img read more

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Fahad Bayo strikes twice as Vipers defeats KCCA FC to win maiden Super 8 trophy

first_imgThe Vipers team that started in the win over KCCA FC on Sunday. (PHOTO/Vipers SC)Super 8 FinalVipers SC 2-0 KCCA FCMutessa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Sunday, 25-08-2019WANKULUKUKU – Vipers SC defeated KCCA FC 2-0 to win their maiden Super 8 trophy on Sunday afternoon.Debutant Fahad Bayo was KCCA’s tormentor in chief as he struck once in each half to hand his side the victory on a chilly day in Wankulukuku.KCCA FC who came into the game as defending champions, having won the inaugural edition last year, had spells in the game but never really looked like themselves especially in the final third.Viper SC along with their Sunday opponents are the only sides to win the preseason tournament since its inception in 2018.The Venoms who had lost their last two cup games against KCCA FC got off to a flying start as Bayo opened the scoring on 11 minutes. The former Proline striker met Abraham Ndugwa’s free-kick after Allan Okello had brought down Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye and headed in past the helpless Jamil Malyamungu.Bayo who got the node to start ahead of the iconic big-name signing Shaban Muhammad looked isolated upfront for the better part of the game but pounced once again in the second half, to apply the telling blow.With KCCA on the offensive, Vipers regained possession in their own half and off a fast counter attack, substitute Brian Nkubi picked out Bayo with a low cross before the forward tapped in at the near post for his and the Venoms second of the day.Earlier in the first half, Dan Sserunkuma who started on the left side of a three-man attack could have doubled Vipers advantage before the break but his lofted effort was comfortably saved by Malyamungu after the former Gor Mahia striker was played through on goal by Ndugwa.Bayo had a chance to complete his hat trick late on in the game but saw a low free-kick pushed away by Malyamungu. Ssenfuka tried to pounce on the rebound but his effort was charged down by the stretching Samuel Kato.KCCA dominant but fail to create clear-cut opportunitiesKCCA dominated most of the game with their trademark passing but struggled to create clear-cut openings.Okello who came into the game having scored four goals in his last 5 games tried his luck from distance on multiple occasions but could not find the target.The 20-year old picked up a simple pass from Simon Sserunkuma but shot agonizingly over from just outside the area.In the second half, Okello once again shot over after picking up the ball just outside the Vipers area.As the game wore on, the KCCA FC players who defeated African Stars 2-0 in the CAF Champions League on Friday and had only a day of rest before Sunday’s game, were looking increasingly tired.The usually calm and composed Okello wasted most of the last minutes verbally confronting both the referee and Vipers players.Defender John Revita was sent off late in the game after he was showed a second yellow card following a foul on substitute Tito Okello. The former Express FC defender had been booked earlier in the half after tagging-back Bayo.Muzamir Mutyaba wasted KCCA‘s last decent opportunity, shooting straight at Mutombora following a short corner by Kizza.The loss denied KCCA FC a chance to win a second title in the offseason. The Kasasiros had earlier-last month- won the CECAFA Kagame Cup in Rwanda.Starting teamsVipers SCFabien Mutombora, Paul Willa, Farouk Musis, Bashir Asiku, Halid Lwaliwa, Siraje Ssentamu, Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye, Abraham Ndugwa, Innocent Wafula, Fahad Bayo, Dan Sserunkuma.KCCA FCJamil Malyamungu, Samuel Kato, Peter Magambo, John Revita, Mustapha Kizza, Nicholas Kasozi, Muzamir Mutyaba, Allan Okello, Mike Mutyaba, Simon Sserunkuma, Erisa Ssekisambu.Comments Tags: Fahad BayoKCCA FCPilsner Super 8topvipers sclast_img read more

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Picture special: GDPR training at Donegal Business Network

first_imgBusiness owners and employees attended a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) workshop hosted by the Donegal Business Network (DBN) this morning.The workshop was held at the Radisson Hotel in Letterkenny.The Donegal Business Network  provides small business owners and managers with a platform to establish formal and strategic relationships with like-minded local business people. DBN meets every Wednesday morning in Letterkenny for a meeting from 7-8.30am at the Radisson Hotel.Pics by Clive Wasson Picture special: GDPR training at Donegal Business Network was last modified: April 25th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Construction workers ‘real 2010 heroes’

first_img24 March 2009South Africa’s successful bid to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup has proven to be a major catalyst for positive development in country – particularly for the construction industry.As South Africa gears up to host the biggest single-code sporting event in the world, the construction work is ever increasing.From upgrading the country’s transport infrastructure, hotel and accommodation facilities to creating 10 world-class stadiums which are either being refurbished or built from scratch in nine host cities, local construction companies and their workers are receiving a major boost in tough economic times.Vasco Pedrina, the Italian-based vice-president of Builders and Wood Workers International (BWI), an international federation that campaigns for fair working conditions around the world, paid a visit to the construction site at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium on the weekend.“This is my first time in South Africa and this is my first inspection of a South African site, and my impressions of the conditions at Soccer City stadium are positive,” Pedrina said.“In fact the organisation and conditions on site are a lot better than a lot of sites I have been to.”For Crosby Moni, vice-president of the National Union of Mineworkers and an executive member of BWI, the inspection was a showcase of how the world, as well as South Africa, can benefit from the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“We are not only setting parameters for South Africa, but for events around the world,” Moni said. “The standards that will be set in South Africa will be the standards of the world in the construction sector”.BWI regional representative Crecentia Mofokeng said that hosting soccer’s showpiece event had permanently altered the construction landscape of South Africa.“Before South Africa won the bid the construction sector was not doing so well, but the successful bid for 2010 has raised the hopes for construction workers to now get a job”.The trade union delegation was due this week to visit both Green Point stadium in Cape Town, where workers recently started to lift the giant roof into place, as well as the workers at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, who recently completed the iconic arch over the stadium.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committeelast_img read more

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AgTube: Update on Soybean Treatment Beck’s Escalate™ vs Non Treated Study

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Updates on Soybean Treatment Evaluations: Beck’s Escalate™ vs. Non-Treated Study | London, OH PFR Site – Team Sales Agronomist, Alex Johnson, provides an update on the Beck’s London, Ohio PFR Study on Escalate vs. Non-treated Soybean study.last_img

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Dicamba resources from BASF

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Chad Asmus from BASF and Wyandot County farmer Kyle Brown talk about dicamba preparation and what plans need to be in place for a successful 2018 growing season using Engenia.last_img

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