‘200, 000 Nige­rian women suf­fer­ing from VVF’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Yusha’u A. Ibrahim, Kano

About 200,000 women in Nige­ria are liv­ing with Vesic­u­lar Vagi­nal Fes­tula (VVF) com­pli­ca­tions, Dr Habibu M. Sadauki, coun­try project man­ager of the Fes­tula Care Plus Project, said yes­ter­day.

Dr. Sadauki stated this yes­ter­day in Kano, while pre­sent­ing a pa­per at a meet­ing with me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers. He said the North­west has the high­est num­ber of pa­tients fol­lowed by the North-east, not­ing that 12,000 cases of VVF are be­ing re­ceived an­nu­ally at 13 dif­fer­ent cen­ters across the coun­try.

Sad­u­aki lamented that when com­pared to the last five years, the num­ber of suf­fer­ers is on the in­crease.

He noted that only 5,000 out of 12,000 women liv­ing with VVF are re­ceiv­ing treat­ment due to in­suf­fi­cient man­power, resources and equip­ment at the des­ig­nated fa­cil­i­ties.

He at­trib­uted the in­crease of VVF cases in the coun­try to ig­no­rance and lack of com­mit­ment on the part of gov­ern­ment and the com­mu­nity in gen­eral.

“In Kano State, only 15-20 per cent of preg­nant women de­liver their ba­bies in hos­pi­tals, while 75 per cent de­liver at home. This de­vel­op­ment can cause VVF. At the mo­ment, the state records about 15 cases per week,” he said.

Sadauki as­sured that if Nige­ria can elim­i­nate pro­longed labour, the prob­lem of VVF can be ad­dressed in the coun­try.

“We need to sen­si­tise our women on the im­por­tance of reg­is­ter­ing for an­te­na­tal and post-natal care. We also need more man­power and fa­cil­i­ties at VVF des­ig­nated cen­ters,” he said.

Photo Sani Maikatanga

Sus­pected drugs and In­dian hemp deal­ers and dis­trib­u­tors pa­raded at the Kano State po­lice com­mand in Kano yes­ter­day.

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