Medicine San Frontier (MSF) has successfully treated 235 women suffering from Vesico Virginia Fistula (VVF) through surgical repair conducted at Jahun General Hospital in Jigawa state.
The women who were repaired by MSF were admitted at the VVF Center Jahun in January of this year 2022.
In her speech, at the ceremony for the discharge of the patients and presenting empowerment package held at the center in Jahun, the MSF Head of Mission in Nigeria, Mrs. Pamela Olik Ooko said over two million women and girls estimated live with Obstetrics Fistula worldwide.
She noted that Nigeria is among the countries with a high rate of cases while Jigawa state is also reporting a high number of cases which are mainly caused by long labor and complication during childbirth.
Pamela noted that MSF started intervention on VVF at Jahun Center of Jigawa state in 2008 and between those periods to date over 5,000 VVP patients were treated at the Center.
From January to November 2022, 235 women suffering from the Fistula were successfully treated with surgical intervention, while 282 women had their Fistula repaired in 2021.
“During the same period, MSF team in Jahun center provided 33,907 women with antenatal care, assisted on 12,509 deliveries and another 16,626 delivery through the cesarean section,” she added.
She then reiterated the commitment of MSF to collaborate with the host community, and state governments in tackling the VVF problem, providing other medical interventions in case of a pandemic, disease outbreak, and other specific ailments.
During the discharge ceremony, MSF had however commissioned a 90Khz Solar power project constructed for sustainable power supply in Jahun General Hospital.
MSF and other philanthropies presented an empowerment package to the discharged patients to help them become self-reliant as they went back to their various communities while urging them to be an advocate for encouraging women and husbands to avoid all causes of VVF problems.
In his speech at the occasion, the district head of Aujara area, Malam Aminu Danmalam expressed dismay at the attitude of some husbands who are not conscious of their wives’ health or neglect them due to ailments such as VVF.
He described such an attitude as inhumane, un-Islamic, and also against the norms and true culture of the land.
Danmalam then stated the determination of the Dutse Emirate to go tough against any husband reported with such habit in the emirate.