The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole says the federal government will establish five additional fistula repair centres to clear the backlog of over 150, 000 fistula cases in the country.
The minister stated this in Abuja during a high level fistula awareness seminar organised by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) with support from other partners.
Adewole said there are about four federal fistula centres and government would create additional five centres.
He added that of the five new centres to be established, one of them would be a regional training centre while the remaining four centres would join the league of centres.
The Minister restated government’s commitment to provide resources for the project starting from 2018, adding that “ we will add more money in 2019 so that we have more resources to cater’’.
According to him, there are between 150,000 and 200, 000 cases of obstetric fistula in Nigeria with additional 12, 000 cases annually.
The minister noted that in spite of the huge and frightening figures, Nigeria was able to address less than 4, 000 cases annually.
“We need to increase the number of people that are repairing fistula, every tertiary healthcare can be able to repair fistula and the federal government had waived fees for fistula repairs,” he said.