VVF which is an acronym for Vesicovaginal fistula, a case of abnormal fistulous tract extending between the bladder (or vesico) and the vagina that allows the continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vaginal vault. It is often caused by child birth or violent rape.
VVF is often caused by child birth or violent rape, and considering the increase in the rate of child marriages and IDPs in the north, this comes as no surprise.
The Borno State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri said on Sunday that it had so far recorded 28 severe cases of Vesico Vaginal Fistula this year.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital,Dr. Laraba Bello, made the disclosure while receiving relief materials donated by the Nigeria Airforce Officers Wives Association (NAFOWA).
She said that the patients were mostly members of vulnerable groups who had no one to cater for them. According to her,
The donation is timely as it will go a long way in alleviating the plight of our patients, most of who are between the ages 17 and 20 years.
Some of them have been here since last year while some are internally displaced persons abandoned by their husbands.
Hajiya Sadiq Abubakar, the wife of the Chief of Air Staff and the association’s chairperson, said that the visit was part of efforts aimed at assisting the less privileged members of the society. She said,
The visit is in line with NAFOWA’s anniversary plan to reach out to people who are in dire need of assistance.
We decided to come to Borno and give our support to these people because they are the most affected by the insurgency.”
According to Abubakar, the association will soon begin its scholarship programme to support orphans and other vulnerable groups in the North East Zone.