By Christine Kamau
One woman out of three in Narok County suffers fistula. This is according to Narok County director of health Dr Francis Kiio. Fistula is a medical condition where prolonged or obstructed labour causes a channel to form between the vagina and anal cavity, leaving a woman without control of faecal discharge.
Speaking during the launch of the free fistula repair surgery clinic, Sarah Tunai, Narok County First Lady, said the Maasai women should take advantage of the clinic, to get treatment for fistula as well as attend antenatal sessions, which will help catch potential birth complications early.
Parents in the region were urged to protect their girls from early marriages, which predisposes them to early pregnancy when their bodies are too young to sustain labour. However, the government still struggles with the challenge of men preventing their wives from going to hospitals.