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Niger First Lady raises alarm over VVF scourge

Minna—THE wife of Niger State Governor, Dr. Amina Bello, has raised alarm over rising cases of Vesico Vaginal Fistula, VVF, in the state, blaming ignorance among women for the surge.

According to her, two out of every 10 women in the state are suspected to be living with the disease and vowed to tackle the problem headlong.

Cross section of Medical doctors carrying out Fistula surgery inside the operating theatre of the Usmanu Danfodiyo Teaching Hospital, Sokoto.

Speaking in Kontagora yesterday in continuation of her free surgical operation for VVF patients across the state, Mrs Bello said her foundation, RAISE Foundation, was out to eradicate VVF among women in the state.

Dr. Bello, a gynecologist, was accompanied by five other surgeons and are expected to carry out free surgical operations on no fewer than 30 patients at the Kontagora General Hospital this week, before moving to other zones for the same operation.

She said since 2016, her foundation had performed 100 free surgical operations on VVF patients across the state, rehabilitated them and reintegrated them into the society.

Her words: “A lot of those affected have gone into hiding, making it difficult to ascertain the exact number of those affected.

“They are afraid of stigmatisation. But my belief is that we will get more of them out as the programme continues.”

 


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