Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has today (Friday 16th August, 2019) officially launched the Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital (TWCH) in Soroti.
Terrewode is the Association for Rehabilitation and Re-orientation of Women for Development.
The health facility which sits on six-acres of land, in Awasi village, Arapai sub-county in Soroti district, will be a centre for East Africa as most people cannot travel to Ethiopia.
The objective of the women’s hospital is to provide health services for obstetric fistula and other child birth-related injuries.
In Uganda, obstetric fistula still remains a major public health problem with over 140,000 women living with fistula. Reports indicate that Uganda registers 1,900 cases of fistula per year.
The Minister of State for Health, Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng while presiding over the launch called upon the management of the health facility to continue in the fight against fistula.
“I am so proud of what you (Terrewode) have contributed to the health of this country in the fight against fistula,” she said.
Although repairs are carried out every year, a good proportion of women with obstetric fistula are not receiving the required treatment, leaving a backlog in the communities.
The Speaker, who represented President Yoweri Museveni as the chief guest, applauded TERREWODE for their contribution to the fight against Fistula in the country and thanked them for effectively utilizing the funds they had to construct a high class facility.
The speaker pledged the support of Parliament for the sustainability of the health facility.
She further tasked Parliament Commissioner, Hon. Peter Ogwang to move a motion at Parliament, seeking for the parliament support of TWCH.