BY PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI-THE National Obstetric Fistula Centre in Abakaliki, had since its inception in 2008 treated and discharged over 1600 indigent clients across 20 states of the federation.
Wife of Ebonyi state Governor, Mrs Josephine Elechi made this known during the visit of the Country representative of United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, Mrs. Victoria Akyeampong and her team to the Centre in Abakaliki.
Mrs. Elechi who witnessed the discharge of 25 more clients from the Centre after they were successfully treated and certified clinically fit to rejoin members of their families explained that the Centre specialized in the provision of free treatment, training of medical and paramedical personnel, rehabilitation, research and prevention of Vaginal Fistula, VVF among women.
“Since its inception, over 1600 indigent patients from over 20 states of the federation and over 195 clients with uterine prolapsed from the state have received free treatment in the centre and the capacity of several medical personnel have been enhanced during this period.
“Furthermore, over 2000 women have received free screening for cervical and breast cancer, while women with premalignant lesions have equally received free treatment and are on follow-up.
“My initiative is complementing the efforts of the state government in promoting maternal health and preventing the formation of new cases of obstetric fistula. There is the maternal mortality and morbidity law introduced by my initiative and passed into law.
“The National Obstetric Fistula Centre in a bid to deliver more services to a greater number of sufferers of this scourge and in line with the presidential mandate that one third of the VVF patients should be repaired in 2013, the centre has commenced the provision of free surgical repairs to the states of the southern and middle belt zones; beginning with the treatment of 21 patients from Delta State only recently”
Earlier, the Medical Director of the Centre, Dr. Sunday Oduoye who gave an exposition into the activities and accomplishments of the centre so far, advised the discharged women to stay away from sexual intercourse for at least 6 months to give room for the proper healing of their bodies and also to avoid VVF scourge from getting back at them.
He further advised the clients to ensure that whenever they go to the hospital for delivery that it should be through caesarean section, Cs, so as to avoid any form of complication. Ends