VVF Centre repairs 15, 000 fistula patients in Kano

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The Laure Vesico Vaginal Fistula Centre, Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano, says it has successfully repaired 15,000 fistula survivors in the state from 1987 to date.

The Coordinator of the Centre, Dr Amir Imam Yola, made the disclosure at the commemoration of the 2023 International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, held at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital Kano on Tuesday. 

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He explained that the centre provides fistula repair, advocacy, prevention, training, documentation and research opportunities.

The co-ordinator appealed to the Kano State government to provide drugs and rehabilitation centre for fistula survivors in the state. 

Also speaking, the Executive Director, Fistula Foundation Nigeria, Isa Musa, described obstetric fistula as a public health issue in Nigeria, with the country having the largest burden of untreated women and girls.

He urged the government to upgrade the Laure Fistula Centre with additional wards, as well as provision of equipment and other supplies to improve the physical, social and vocational aptitude of women affected with fistula.

“We have an estimated 332,000 women awaiting treatment, compounded by an annual incidence of 13,000 new cases,” he said.

Musa commended Prof. Idris Suleiman of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Dr Amir Imam-Yola and their teams for providing continuous fistula repair services at the center.

In her remark, the commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Zahra’u Muhammad Umar said that the state government had provided welfare packages, feeding and shelter to fistula survivors.

The ministry also presented an award of excellence, to the Executive Director of FFN, and other Doctors for their contributions toward ending fistula.

Speaking on behalf of survivors, Maryam Adam pointed out that she has been struggling and managing VVF for 12 years after undergoing 10 surgeries.

She said, “My husband divorced me and married another woman, I have been going from one hospital to another in search of a cure.”

The day was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly, with a view to create greater awareness globally, about obstetric fistula, and intensify actions toward eradicating the menace. 

The theme of this year’s celebration is: “Twenty years on – progress but not enough! Act now to end Fistula by 2030.”