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Women shy of seeking treatment for uterine prolapse

Published on 6:31:00 AM //

GULMI, Feb 14: Many women in the rural areas in Nepal still hesitate to seek treatment for uterine prolapse, fearing social stigma and discrimination from the husband and in-laws.

Following surgery after 57 years of uterine prolapse, Chandrakala Tangnami, 71, shares her pleasure with Republica. She says, “Now I feel more delighted. I underwent surgery under pressure from my daughter and granddaughters. Earlier, no women went to health centers for treatment of uterine prolapse because of the fear from being exposed in the society.”

Tangnami, who hails from Badagau VDC-3, Gulmi suffered from uterine prolapse since the birth of her elder son in 2013 BS. She could never disclose about her health condition to male members of her family until she underwent surgery in Tamghas, the district headquarters. She repents she would not have faced problems had she received treatment on time.
Her granddaughter Nirmala said, “We have forcibly taken her to the district hospital for treatment but male members in the family are still unknown about this.” It was difficult for her to convince her grandmother into receiving treatment in the beginning.

Like Chandrakala, another 61-year-old woman Bishnudevi Lamsal from Ghamir VDC-2 in the district, who suffered a uterine prolapse some 32 years ago, also underwent surgery. Lamsal said, “I had shared this problem with my husband but he did not pay any attention and said it was common and required no treatment. After his death, I could not share my problem with my sons. But, today I feel happy after treatment.”

Like them, fifty seven women, who suffered from uterine prolapse, received treatment at a free health camp organized by Resunga Hospital in Tamghas recently. Most of them were the women of between the ages of 50-60 years.

Hari Bahadur KC, the chief of District Hospital, Gulmi said a great number of women still suffer from uterine prolapse due to lack of awareness. They still feel reluctant to go to health centers for treatment, said KC.

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