(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – 32 Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) survivors in Borno have received support from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).This was made known by Zainab Aliyu, the Chief Nursing Officer in charge of the VVF Ward in Maiduguri Specialist Hospital, who told the press that all the women that underwent the surgical operation responded to treatment.
The surgery was funded by the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), in collaboration with UNFPA, and the Borno Ministry of Health. As of March 22, 2021, 44 women were attended to, according to Aliyu, who noted that some of the survivors came from Adamawa, Yobe, while Lagos and the Niger Republic.
VVF is an abnormal opening between the bladder and the vagina, resulting in continuous and unremitting urinary incontinence.It is one of the most distressing complications of gynecologic and obstetric procedures. The common causes of VVF are obstructed labour, early marriage, poverty, and women’s limited control over the use of family resources.
Some of the survivors recuperating in the ward told NAN that they were grateful to UNFPA, KOICA, Borno health ministry, and the specialist hospital.