The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has revealed that existing statistics indicates that about 250,000 women are awaiting fistula repair in the country.
NEDC added that out of the number, about 3,000 are fortunate to be attended to annually, while 12,000 new cases develop every year with large number coming from the Northeast due to the insurgency and increased poverty which further hindered access to healthcare.
The Chairman NEDC, Maj Gen. Paul Tarfa (rtd) made the disclosure on Tuesday during the flagging off ceremony of the free fistula repair campaign organised by the commission for 100 patients in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Gen Tarfa added that the plight of the unfortunate women who experienced obstetric fistula apart from being dejecting are left lonely, saying that it is therefore important that all efforts are made to bring succour to the women to enable them pick the pieces of their lives ,by offering them a meaningful new lease for meaningful existence within their respective communities.
Represented by member board of directors of the Commission for Northeast, Asma’u Mohammed, the NEDC Chairman said “, It is my great pleasure to be part of the flagging off ceremony of the free fistula repair campaign of the NEDC which is aimed at offering free treatment to 100 fistula women awaiting surgery in Borno State.”
He expressed his gratitude to the Management of Borno State Specialist Hospital particularly, the resident fistula surgeons and nurses who promised to continue monitoring the repaired women for 12 weeks to ensure their complete recuperation and attainment of final expected outcome for each patient.
In his remarks, the Managing Director NEDC , Mohammed Alkali, congratulated the 100 women who have undergone through the process and wished the recuperating ones a quick recovery.
He added that the NEDC will support the women with cash in addition to food items to augment their livelihood support , saying that the commission has high regards for women.
In appreciation, wife of Borno State Governor, Dr. Falmata Zulum congratulated the 100 women who benefited from the free fistula repair and thanked the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC ) for the gesture.