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Yobe performs free VVF surgeries on 150 women

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Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe state

The Yobe State government has performed free surgeries on 150 women suffering from Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF).

The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Bello Kawuwa, disclosed this at the weekend in Damaturu, the state capital. He said the surgeries were performed at the newly established treatment centre in Damaturu.

According to him, the scheme was designed to address the growing plights of women suffering from the scourge.

He stressed the importance of allowing the Boko Haram victims and other vulnerable groups access to healthcare delivery service in the state. He said: “The free surgery was to advance our free healthcare services by reaching out to the poor and most vulnerable women at the grassroots.

“Other medical interventions include the treatment of Boko Haram victims. The administration is spending N20 million a month for the procurement of free drugs to our hospitals.”

Kawuwa said 500 medical professionals had recently been engaged to take care of the four re-built General Hospitals at Potiskum, Gashua, Geidam and
Damaturu.

He added that 384 medical students of Yobe origin would soon complete their studies in complementing healthcare delivery services in the state.

In a similar development, medical experts in Ondo State have organised a medical outreach for rural dwellers.

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Miteda Wellness Initiative, organised the annual outreach in Ikaram-Akoko.

According to the initiator, Adefunmilola Williams-Daudu, the growing increase in the number of people participating in the annual programme justified the need for subsidized healthcare.

Williams-Daudu, who is an Akure-based medical practitioner, said the outreach had become a forum for rural dwellers to get medical treatment.

She explained that the scope of the programme had also been expanded to cater for more people seeking medical assistance. She said the number of those seeking attention had increased to over 2000 from different areas like Ikare, Isua, Owo and Akure.


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