The Kaduna State government has reiterated its commitment to bringing an end to Vesico Vaginal Fistula(VVF) in the State.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Baloni made this known in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna.
The Commissioner revealed that over 12 thousand women are living with VVF across the State which needs to be addressed.
She also noted the need for people to know that children who get married at early ages are more prone to getting infected with the disease.
“We intend to bring an end to the disease in our State. We already have Gambo Sawaba hospital where young people are being treated from the disease.”
Amina said that, there are over 12 thousand young girls with VVF.
“This requires the need to raise funds to support Kaduna state in its efforts to ensure that all the victims get repaired and given a rehabilitation to continue with their lives,” Amina said.
Speaking in a separate interview,the Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Hafsat Baba, said there is need for more sensitization and enlightenment on VVF for people to be more informed on the side effects of the disease.
Hafsat added that the state government is doing its best to ensure that ladies affected by the disease are given proper care.
“It is very essential for us to take care of them as goverment that is why a budget line has been created in the Ministry with the total of N50 million budgeted for in 2020 so as to take care of thier feeding and skills while they await repair,” Hafsat said.
On her part, the Wife of Kaduna State Governor, Ummi El-Rufai said, their is need for people to stop stigmatising people with the disease.
She called on parents to stop forcing their daughters into early marriages. Most girls fall victims due to early marriage and elongated labour during child birth.
“We are appealing to parents to please allow the girl child to go through school which has now been made free in Kaduna state. Young girls should be allowed to earn a living through vocational skills”.