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NEDC begins free treatment of 100 VF patients in Borno

By Yakubu Uba

The Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) has started free surgery for 100 women with vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) in Borno.

The chairman of the commission, the retired major-general. Paul Tarfa, said at the launch of the surgery in Maiduguri on Tuesday, that the NEDC was concerned about the growing number of women with FVV.

Also known as obstetric fistula, VFV is an abnormal opening between the bladder and the vagina that results in continuous and unrelenting urinary incontinence.

Entity is one of the most distressing complications of gynecological and obstetric procedures, typically caused by stoppage of work, early marriage, poverty, and women’s limited control over the use of family resources.

However, VWF can be treated with advanced laparoscopic surgery to give women living with the disease a new lease of life.

The NEDC president, who was therefore represented by a member of the commission’s board, Hajiya Asmau Muhammed, said the intervention was in collaboration with the Borno government and the Fistula Foundation Nigeria (FFN).

Tarfa said that “Statistics indicate that there are approximately 250,000 women awaiting VFV repair surgery in Nigeria, of which only 3,000 are lucky enough to be treated each year.

“12,000 new cases develop each year, a large number coming from the North-East due to insecurity and increasing poverty, which further hamper access to healthcare.

“The fate of these unfortunate women who suffered an obstetric fistula in addition to being shot is very lonely.

“It is therefore important that every effort be made to bring relief to these women in order to enable them to choose the pieces of their life, by offering them a new lease for a meaningful existence within their respective communities. “

He added that a similar intervention would be extended to other states in the northeast and urged beneficiaries who have had the operation to remain fistula-free by making sure to postpone the pregnancy for at least a year.

He also advised beneficiaries to ensure that they have had the following babies in hospitals by Caesarean section.

NEDC Director General Alhaji Mohammed Alkali said VVF survivors, after their recovery, would receive financial support with skills training to return to normal life.

Alkali said the commission has many programs for women because of its special interest in them.

In their respective remarks, the State Health Commissioner, Ms Juliana Bitrus, and the Chief Medical Director of the Maiduguri Specialist Hospital, Dr Laraba Bello, commended the NEDC for the free treatment and urged for other organizations to emulate it.

Two of the beneficiaries, Hadiza Ali and Hajiya Zara, recounted how they suffered for years before the intervention and thanked the commission for the gesture. (NAA)

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