No less than fifty (50) women suffering from the Vesico Vaginal Fistula, VVF, in Kebbi state, have benefited from SNEPCO/NNPC and Extended Hands Foundation’s free repair surgeries.
The women suffering from this deeply embarrassing sickness had the repair surgeries done at no cost to them and their families, at the Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development VVF Center in Gesse, Birin-Kebbi.
The project was headed by the Chief Surgeon – Dr Sa’ad Idris, a seasoned VVF Surgeon with over 20 years experience in the field. He was assisted by Dr Halima Bello, a Consultant, as well as other doctors and nurses at the VVF Center, recording successful surgeries for the women who were all nursed back to health at the hospital.
Before the surgeries, many of them had been shunned and separated from their families as a result of the embarrassing effects of the condition. Some of them lost their jobs, their husbands, and were forced to live in degrading conditions.
Extended Hands Foundation founded by Nollywood star actress Stephanie Linus, has since its inception had the goal of restoring hope and putting smiles on the faces of women. Recently, the foundation in partnership with Diamond Bank PLC, gave 15 women living with VVF free repair surgeries at the Kwara Specialist Hospital, Ilorin, Kwara State.
Following the backdrop of her recently released movie, DRY, Stephanie Linus who has been an advocate for issues concerning child brides has taken the message of restoration and hope to real women suffering from VVF. This pool effort goes a long way to show that DRY is more than just a movie, but a tool for touching the lives of women actually living with this condition.
Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) is a serious disability that can be experienced by women after childbirth. They are holes resulting from the breakdown in the tissue between the vaginal wall and the bladder or rectum caused by unrelieved obstructed labour.
The consequence of such damage is a woman’s inability to control the flow of urine or faeces. It occurs more often in young women during childbirth, as their bodies are not yet mature for the process.