Uterine prolapse a major health problem among Khotang women
May 28, 2018 07:19 AM NPT
By: Daman Rai
KHOTANG, MAY 28: During a recent free health camp organized in Diktel of Khotang, an astonishingly high number of women were found struggling with uterine prolapse and other reproductive health problems.
The health camp was conducted by Manmohan Memorial Medical College and Teaching Hospital (MMMCTH) in coordination with Diktel Rupakot Majhuwagadhi Municipality. According to the health workers who participated in the health camp, uterine prolapse really is a serious health problem among the rural women. Among the total 485 women who took part in the camp, 130 were suffering from third degree prolapse. According to Dr Ram Bahadur KC, Chief of the District Public Health Office (DPHO), Khotang, those 130 women will have to go through a surgery.
There are three stages of uterine prolapse and and its compulsory for those with third degree prolapse to undergo a surgery. "Around 30% of the Nepali women struggle with uterine prolapse," said Dr KC, adding, "Third-stage prolapse in 130 out of 485 women is almost 26% which is huge." According to Dr KC, a large number of women keep suffering from a fallen womb due to the fear of being ostracized by society.
Deepnarayan Rijal, mayor of Diktel Rupakot Majhuwagadhi, informed that those women who will have to go to Kathmandu for a surgery will be provided with transportation charge by the municipality.
In the past, women kept hiding their illness and kept suffering but in recent days, they have started opening up about their health problems. Not only the young women but also the elderly women have started understanding the importance of getting timely treatment. In the recent survey conducted in two municipalities and eight rural municipalities of the district, around 25 to 30 % of women ranging from 25 to 60 years of age were found struggling with prolapsed uterus.
A total of 1,384 people received free health checkup in the camp which was conducted on Friday and Saturday. This camp was conducted targeting the people of the economically backward group who cannot afford to go to well-equipped hospitals for treatment.
A team of 15 health experts including Dr Dharmadatta Subedi, Manager of MMMCTH, MDGP Dr Surendra Shakya, gynecologist Manordin Syed, surgeon Suman Bikram Adhikari, pediatrician Pooja Shrestha among others had provided service in the camp. The municipality had managed medicines worth Rs 300,000 while MMMCTH had donated medicines worth Rs 1 million for the health camp.