BY PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI—WIFE of Ebonyi State governor, Mrs. Josephine Elechi, Wednesday, called on the Federal Government to assist the backlog of uterine prolapse patients from various parts of the country admitted at the National Obstetrics Fistula Centre, Abakaliki.
Mrs Elechi made the call during the discharge of another round of 46 clients who were treated free of charge, courtesy of the collaboration between her pet project, Mother and Childcare Initiative, MCCI, and the Centre.
The NOFC, which was built by the governor’s wife and later taken over by the Federal Government two years ago, has continued to receive financial support from the MCCI for the treatment of Vesico Vagina Fistula, VVF, and uterine prolapse.
She said: “The centre has recorded the repair of 1,621 and 238 uterine prolapse clients, including 46 repaired of uterine prolapse clients discharged today (yesterday), free of charge.
“Due to financial constraints, we have concentrated on the repair of uterine prolapse clients from Ebonyi State, in view of the precarious situation in which these helpless women find themselves, pending when fund comes from the federal government to assist us in this regard, to enable us accommodate clients from outside the state.”
She said the free repair exercise was borne out of her desire to rid the society of the ugly trend and degradation suffered by VVF/uterine prolapse victims as a result of their condition which arose in the course of performing their God-given responsibility of pro-creation.
One of the discharged clients, Aluma Mary Orji, from Ezza North local government area, thanked the governor’s wife and centre for the free treatment.
“If they were collecting money, I don’t think I will have benefitted. I will probably have died with it,” she said.
Medical Director of the Centre, Dr Sunday Oduoye, cautioned women to strictly adhere to the instructions of the doctors not to have sex for the next six months and to access medical services from competent hospitals and health centres in their areas.