Around 2 to 3.5 million women are suffering from fistula in underdeveloped countries which is otherwise unknown to developed countries of the world.

Early age marriages and pregnancy complications are counted main causes of developing fistula among women, said Head of Urology Department at NMI, Dr Muhammad Rafiq Anjum.

Addressing a press conference held in connection with United Nations Day to end Obstetric Fistula at Regional Fistula Centre of Nishtar Medical Institute (NMI) on Friday, Dr Rafiq Anjum said that it was a preventable disease.

He said that society usually did not treat the women suffering from fistula in a reasonable way and stressed the need for creating awareness about the disease among people.

Husbands, the Professor of Urology said, either divorced their wives or abandoned them who suffer from fistula, adding that the tales of such patients were really shocking.

He said that regional Fistula Centre established in ward no-8 at NMI was not only treating the patients but also giving them rehabilitation opportunity.

Dr Anjum said that 800 women died of pregnancy complications on a daily basis, adding that new cases of this 'hidden problem' ranging from 50,000 to 100,000 were being added to number of patients annually.

He informed that normally during first pregnancy this complication developed in which women had no control over urination.

Exactly 362 patients were treated at NMI since 2006 and ratio of the success rate is 95 percent, he stated. Expressing her views, NMI Head of Gynaecology Department Dr Huma Qudussi said that unsupervised pregnancies and deliveries were resulting in fistula.

Healthy women and healthy babies are very important for the future of the country, she underlined.

She asked religious scholars to play their role for awareness among people against early age marriages. Dr Huma said that supervised pregnancies, deliveries and antenatal care could lessen the problem. She said that quality of life should be provided to patients of fistula as society outcast them and repelled them. A large number of doctors and paramedics attended the ceremony.

Dr Ghulam Haider Qaisarani and Dr Siddiq Khan Qadri also spoke on the occasion.