The Maryam Abacha Women and Children Hospital, Sokoto, has performed 280 Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) surgeries from January 2021 to date.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Lawal Bello disclosed this to Caliphate Trust shortly after the Canadian government donated surgical equipment to the VVF centre of the hospital.
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He said the patients came from different parts of the country, adding that three of the surgeries were cesarean section (CS).
The Canadian acting High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Nicolas Simard reiterated the commitment of his government to support the state to end the menace of VVF and gender-based violence.
He said: “We believe women and girls should access quality healthcare services, especially in the area of reproductive health.
“We also believe girls should have access to qualitative education so that, there will not be early age marriage.
Simard, who also handed over some surgical equipment donated by his country to the state government, said he was impressed with the “excellent services rendered in the hospital.”
The UNFPA Country Director, Ms Ulla Mueller said the high number of fistula cases in the country called for more concern and reiterated that UNFPA would remain committed toward addressing the issues of Fistula, maternal health as well as gender-based Violence.