Reps seek funds for VVF vic­tims

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The Fed­eral Min­istry of Health has been urged by law­mak­ers to re­lease funds for the cor­rec­tive des­ig­nated hos­pi­tals of Vesico Vagi­nal Fis­tula (VVF).

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives said the sit­u­a­tion of VVF vic­tims has be­come a mat­ter of ur­gency that re­quires im­me­di­ate ac­tion.

Adopt­ing a mo­tion by Ab­dul­lahi Balarabe Salame (APC, Sokoto) and Aishatu Jubril Dukku (APC, Gombe), the House called on the Fed­eral Govern­ment to in­clude VVF vic­tims in the N-Power scheme.

This, the House said, would en­able them re­cover from the low self-worth and es­teem they suf­fer and re-in­te­grate them into the so­ci­ety.

The House noted with dis­may how VVF vic­tims across the coun­try were ne­glected to the ex­tent some of them took to the streets to protest.

The law­mak­ers said avail­able records have shown that over 800,000 Nige­rian women live with VVF, which they de­scribed as se­ri­ous dis­abil­ity that could be ex­pe­ri­enced by women after child­birth.

When Speaker Yakubu Dog­ara put the mo­tion to voice vote, ma­jor­ity of the law­mak­ers voted in its favour. The Com­mit­tee on Health­care Ser­vices was man­dated to mon­i­tor com­pli­ance to the res­o­lu­tions reached.

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