Dr Habib Sadauki, the Country Project Manager, USAID Fistula Care Plus Project, has said that Nigeria records over 12,000 new cases of VVF annually.
Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF) is a female disease of the pelvis and genitals which manifests in a hole developing between the vagina and the bladder, resulting in uncontrollable leaking of urine.
Sadauki made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Kano on Thursday as part of activities to commemorate this year’s International Fistula Day, which comes up on May 23.
According to him, out of the over 12,000 patients, only about 5,000 of the cases are being repaired annually, leaving behind the backlog of patients unattended to.
Sadauki also said Fistula was much more common in Northern Nigeria and more rampant in most Sub-Saharan African countries.
He said the programme, which is being funded by USAID, is working in 11 centres in 10 states in the country: Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Katsina, Kano, Bauchi, Kwara, Oyo, Cross River and Ebonyi.
Sadauki said the programme was also working in five countries, namely, Niger Republic, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Bangladesh.
He commended the Kano State Government for its support to VVF patients in the state and urged it to maintain the tempo.
Dr Binta Jibrin, Kano State Commissioner for Women Affairs, in her remark, said about 100 VVF patients had been treated by the state government and were also trained in some trades to make them self-reliant.
VVF is said to be more common in developing countries, particularly among young mothers as a result of under-age marriage.
After days of pushing a baby which does not fit through the birth canal during labour, very young mothers can have severe vaginal, bladder or rectal damage, which may cause fistulas.