KARACHI – Experts discussed in depth study of the medical and social complication of Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) among the female population of developing countries, including Pakistan, at a three-day workshop held at Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT).
The highlight of the workshop was participation of three eminent uro-gynecologists from African continent who shared their professional experience with their Pakistani counterparts. The experts included Miss Sohier Elneil, a doctor of African descent represented University College London, Prof Serigne Magueye from Senegal and Prof Oladosu Ojengbede from Nigeria. The three medical experts had specialization in the field of obstetric fistula, bladder cancer and urinary tract disorder.
Participating in the discussion, SUIT’s director Prof Adib Rizvi, Dr Tariq Tassadaq from Saudi Arabia and Prof Manzoor Hussain (also from SIUT) stressed to focus on bladder and pelvic dysfunction which causes the fistula disorder and then lead to surgical repair.
Dr Rizvi said the workshop is a part of SIUT’s philosophy to update medical knowledge, besides providing free quality treatment to every human being without any discrimination.
More than 200 gynecologists and urologists from all over country participated in the workshop. Expert urologists and gynecologists reviewed the prevalence of the problems in different parts of the world and pointed out that patients with genital tract fistulas usually face difficult and miserable social and personal problem.
They said the epidemiological statistics of WHO indicated that 130,000 new cases of maternal mortality were reported in 2004, while 3.5 million people suffering from the problem at global level. Medical experts disclosed that main focus is on mortality while morbidity is not a health denominator.