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UNFPA, FFN offer free fistula surgery in Adamawa

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with Fistula Foundation Nigeria (FFN) has begun free Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) repair surgery in Adamawa.

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The Director of FFN, Alhaji Musa Isa, disclosed this in an interview on tuesday.

He said that the surgery was supported by UNFPA and funded by the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative programme.

Isa, who said that the surgery was scheduled for June 22 to June 25 at the Specialists Hospital, Yola, urged women living with the condition to avail themselves the opportunity of having free surgery to correct the anomaly.

VVF is an abnormal opening between the bladder and the vagina that results in continuous and unremitting urinary incontinence.

The entity is one among the most distressing complications of gynecologic and obstetric procedures.

The common causes of VVF are obstructed labour, early marriage, poverty, and women’s limited control over the use of family resources.

Women and girls with the condition are often abandoned by their husbands and isolated from the community due to the smell and associated shame of urine leakage.

The FFN director, therefore, said “we are targeting 50 repairs and God willing, we will succeed.

“After the surgery, we will also do a follow-up with medications to ensure that the women are totally cured and no longer leak urine before discharging them.”

According to him, most of the problem is as a result of prolonged labour.

He advised pregnant women to ensure that they go for antenatal care and have their babies in hospitals to avoid complications.

Dr Fadi Abubakar, the Head Gynecology Department of the Specialists Hospital, Yola, confirmed that 25 women had been screened for the surgery and nine had already been operated on as at Tuesday.

She advised husbands to support their wives during pregnancy and child birth to avoid complications.

Mrs Fastuma Adamu, a beneficiary, commended the foundation and the UNFPA for the free surgery and called on other stakeholders to emulate them.

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