Fistula Foundation Nigeria (FFN), an NGO, in collaboration with the Sokoto State government is organising free surgery for victims of Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in the state.
Hajia Zainab Yabo, the Coordinator of VVF programme in the State’s Ministry of Health, said this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Sokoto on Sunday.
Yabo said that the surgery was being supported by United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) and funded by Global Affairs Canada.
NAN reports that VVF is an abnormal communication between bladder and vagina that leads to continuous, uncontrollable leakages of urine/faeces, few days after child birth.
The condition results in persistent smell of urine, with consequent social effects such as stigmatisation, low self esteem and depression.
Yabo said that experts had been lined up to carry out free VVF surgery for women facing non-stop leaking of urine popularly called VVF.
She advised persons with the condition to go to the General Hospital in Goronyo for free registration.
Yabo said that registration would be between March 15, and March 20, while the surgery would be done between March 22, and March 26.
According to her, Fistula Foundation would be responsible for the transport fare of women that will come for the surgery.
Also, Malam Musa Isa, the Executive Director of Fistula Foundation, told NAN that the exercise was part of the organisation’s effort to assist women living with obstetric fistula in the society.
Isa described fistula as an unusual opening that connects the vagina to another organ like the bladder, ureters and urethra, adding that the disease was usually associated with women and young girls.
He said that the Foundation along with other stakeholders had been working toward creating awareness to enlighten the public on the trend.
According to him, fistula can be treated through surgery and it is preventable.
“There is need for the public to know the importance of pregnant women delivering in a standard hospital with needed facilities and qualified medical personnel.
“Fistula is caused by ignorance, neglect, visiting quacks or not attending conventional ante-natal sessions by professional doctors.
“Women should attend antenatal care services and give birth in hospitals,” he said.
Isa advised women to frequently access medical care on reproductive health. (NAN)