By Ikenna Osuoha
Abuja – The United Nations (UN) Population Fund (UNFPA), says Nigeria records 12,000 new cases of Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF), yearly.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that VVF is an abnormal fistulous tract extending between the bladder (vesica) and the vagina, that leads to continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vaginal vault.
“Nigeria has about 148,000 cases of fistula, with about 12,000 new cases every year,” Muller said.
According to the UN representative, UNFPA has large imprint in Nigeria through preventive and curative interventions such as family planning, community engagement and training of healthcare workers.
She said these were key to preventing and reducing fistula, which had destroyed the lives of many young women and caused many families untold hardships.
Muller, who described Nigerian fistula surgeons as one of the best in the world, said it was advisable for women living with the condition to avoid getting pregnant for at least twelve months.
She emphasised UNFPA’s commitment to creating awareness on the disease through the use of local and social media platforms, targeting young women.
Muller advised young women with the condition to seek immediate medical help and not feel ashamed for fear of stigmatisation.
NAN reports that every May 23, has been set aside by the UN as World Fistula Day.