Reps seek funds for VVF victims
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.