Nepal | October 23, 2020

More women visit health camps for uterus check-up

Tekendra Deuba
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A health camp organised by Sudurpaschim Health Directorate with the technical support of Kohalpur Medical College, in Bogatan-Fudsil Rural Municipality, Doti district, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Photo: Tekendra Deuba/THT

DHANGADI: Lalmati Bohara of Bogatan-Fudsil Rural Municipality-2 in Doti district is living a healthy life now. But that was not always the case.

65-year-old Bohara — who was living with a disease of the uterus for 20 years — underwent a surgery after she visited a health camp for uterus related ailments, organised by Doti District Hospital, last year. She became perfectly healthy post surgery.

Improvement in Bohara’s health after visiting the health camp came into light and had a prolonged effect on the minds of women in the community, which was visible in the health camp organised only last week at Chawarachautara of the rural municipality.

According to Ram Bahadur Malla, Head of Social Services Unit at Kohalpur Medical College, the number of women visiting health camps for uterus related problems has increased.

According to a study, more than 20 per cent of women in Sudurpaschim suffer from uterus prolapse.

The health camp, which was organised by Sudurpaschim Health Directorate with the technical support from Kohalpur Medical College, saw more than a thousand women coming for their uterus check-up. Malla said, among the women who came for check-up, 11 need to be operated. He added that the women diagnosed with uterus prolapse would be operated free of cost.

“Since the women of Sudurpaschim and Karnali provinces marry at a young age, have minimum birth gaps, and are forced to work during pregnancy, the cases of uterine prolapse are increasing,” says Ramesh Malasi, Acting Director at Sudurpaschim Health Directorate. He added that women undergoing unsafe abortion are also prone to uterus prolapse.

According to statistics provided by the Directorate, more than 9,000 women of various districts in Sudurpaschim have had their uterus checked in the current fiscal year.

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