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UNFPA treats 38 VVF patients in Adamawa

- Hindi Livinus, Yola

NO fewer than 38 women have been treated of Vesicovagi­nal Fistula in Adamawa State by the United Nations Population Fund in partnershi­p with the Fistula Foundation Nigeria.

The Director of the FFN, Musa Isa, said the surgery was conducted at the Specialist Hospital, Yola recently.

According to him, the disease is an abnormal opening between the bladder and the vagina that results in continuous and unremittin­g urinary incontinen­ce.

“Women and girls with this ailment are often abandoned by their spouses and isolated due to offensive odour and associated shame of urine leakage. This has been of concern to UNFPA which provided funding for FFN, in carrying out corrective surgery for the patients,” he said.

A surgeon, Dr. Sa’ad Idris, advised VVF patients to adhere strictly to medical advice to improve their health status.

He urged husbands to support their wives during pregnancy and childbirth to avoid complicati­ons.

The beneficiar­ies commended the foundation and the UNFPA for the free exercise and called on other stakeholde­rs to emulate them.

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