At least one hundred women suffering from Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) are being treated free of charge by wife of the Governor of Benue State, Mrs. Eunice Ortom through her pet project, the Eunice Spring of Life Foundation (ESLF) in Makurdi.
Vesicovaginal Fistula is an abnormal fistulous track extending between the bladder and the vagina that allows the continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vagina vault.
The treatment, which attracted women from the 23 local government areas of the state was carried out by doctors from the Evangel VVF Center in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
Speaking with newsmen during the exercise which took place at the Bishop Murray Hospital in Makurdi recently, Mrs. Ortom said she discovered the medical condition from the women during her free medical outreach, which was launched across local government areas in the state and felt it was one of the health challenges confronting the women and decided to act immediately to help them.
Mrs. Ortom who spoke through Governor Ortom’s Senior Special Assistant on Administration attached to her office, Mr. Daniel Gbabo, said most of the women have stayed with the disease for many years and have found it difficult to treat due to the high cost of the surgical operation.
She reiterated her resolve to ensure zero level of treatment of the sickness to alleviate the health problems the victims were passing through within the one-week period the programme would last.
Project Director of Evangel VVF Center, Dr. Sunday Lengmang said the Center in Jos records the high number of patients from Benue a development that propelled them to kick-start the surgical outreach programme in the state to checkmate movement of patients from the state to far away Plateau for treatment.
Dr. Lengmang who said at least one hundred patients were expected to be treated with the exception of those with complicated issues which would be referred to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), explained that disease was caused mostly by women who prefer to deliver in the rural areas instead of going to the hospital.
Available data shows that high prevalence of Fistula with regards to the number of patients that report to the center is from Benue State, and so we decided to kick-start the outreach in Benue to help stem the problem instead of waiting for them to come to Jos.”
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