Nigeria: 100 Women Undergo Fistula Operations in Borno

Hundred women with Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF), had successful operation as the North East Development Commission (NEDC), as the Borno State Government flagged off Free Fistula Repair Campaign Project (FFRCP) in Maiduguri yesterday.

The women had their fistula repaired in successful corrective surgeries at the State Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri, at the flag off of the project, which would be extended to all parts of the state.

The Wife of Borno State Governor, Dr. Falmata Zulum, flagged off the ceremony at the Conference Hall, State Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri.

Falmata, who was represented by Commissioner for Health, Mrs. Juliana Bitrus, thanked the NEDC and other development partners for complimenting the efforts of the Borno State Government towards the provision of health care services to its people.

She said: “This intervention is timely, as most women who are vulnerable due to activities of insurgency and the persistent poverty, which have caused a lot of women to fall victims to VVF would benefit from the corrective surgery project.”

She appealed to the beneficiaries to stay away from sex in the next one year to enable them to have total healing, and be reporting back to the hospital for medical check-up, as and at when due.

In his goodwill message, the NEDC Board Chairman, Maj. Gen. Paul Tarfa, who was represented by the Board Member of North-West Zone, Ms. Asmau Muhammadu, said: “Statistics indicate that there are about 250,000 women awaiting repair in Nigeria, out of which only 3,000 are fortunate to be attended to annually.