- A lot of women with Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in the northwest region of Nigeria have been receiving treatment health organisations
- States within the region include Kano, Kebbi, Kaduna, Jigawa, Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina
- Reintegration programme supported by health operatives has been set up in the northern states to rehabilitate women into the society without discrimination
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has revealed.that victims of Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in northwest Nigeria were being rehabilitated after treatment to ease their reintegration into the society without discrimination.
The states of Kano, Kebbi, Kaduna, Jigawa, Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina make up the region. The reintegration programme being supported by health officials, donor agencies, families and community leaders have helped the victims to return to their communities and enjoy normal lives after the treatment.
However, some of the victims are still asking for more especially in the area of skills training to enable them cater for their financial needs.
In Kano, the Fistula Foundation Nigeria, said it has adopted social and physical reintegration approaches to return VVF patients to their communities.
Musa Isa, who heads the organisation, told NAN in Kano that the intervention helps the women to overcome social, physical and socio-economic challenges which were identified by the women themselves.
In Zamfara, the executive director, centre for community excellence, Adamu Abubakar, said a robust enlightenment programme has been going on to sensitise communities on the illness and the need to embrace the VVF patients.
Abubakar remarked that in Gusau the centre has been collaborating with another organisation, engender for Health, in the last three years on the sensitisation programme.
In Kebbi, Abubakar Dakingari, the medical director of the state VVF centre, said cases of stigmatisation of fistula patients has reduced by 80 per cent in the state.
He said that in Birnin Kebbi the victims now enjoy support and encouragement from their husbands and relatives.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the wife of Kebbi state governor, Hajia Zainab Atiku Bagudu, had reassured patients of VVF in the state of her continued support towards their treatment.
She made this known on Monday, July 6, in her office in the state capital, Birnin-Kebbi, while playing host to a team of fistula-care experts. She promised that more attention will be given to VVF patients.
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