The National Obstetrics Fistula Centre, Ningi, has performed over 1000 corrective surgeries for Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) patients from 2016 to 2017.
Medical Director of the Centre, Dr. Umar Nasiru Ibrahim disclosed this during the commemoration day of 2017 World Fistula Day held at the centre in Bauchi state.
He said that since the formation of the centre and its subsequent take-over by the Federal Government, it has performed repair surgeries to over 1000 patients from various states in the North-East and neighbouring countries with 80 percent success.
“The whole world has two to three million cases of VVF and 12,000 cases yearly in Nigeria. Therefore something needs to be done avert the prevailing situation in the country. The case of VVF resulted from child birth and is preventable by constantly going for antenatal and given birth at the hospital,” he said.
The medical director said the centre provides free treatment and feeding to patients and possibly provides skills acquisition after treatment to fight poverty.
“The centre also create awareness in the North-Eastern states to always educate the public on the need to rush to the centre for treatment of VVF patients,” he added.
In his remark, Head of Clinical Services of the Centre, Dr Lamara Dattijo said the centre received patients across the northern states.
However, he noted that the centre and the patients need constant supply of drugs and other medical consumables.
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