South Korea, Canada pledge to support maternal healthcare in Borno

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The Governments of South Korea and Canada have pledged to support maternal and reproductive healthcare services in Borno state, north east Nigeria.

The South Korean government, through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), donated five million dollars towards the improvement of comprehensive maternal health services in the state.

The Canadian government on its part renovated and equipped Fistula Theatre of the Borno Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri, and donated reproductive health kits.

Mr Kee In Tae, the Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, who announced this during visit to Governor Kashim Shettima in Maiduguri,the state capital said the gesture was to support women suffering from VVF.

Tae said that South Korea remained committed in supporting humanitarian actors to carry out life saving support to women affected by conflict.

He said that both Korea and Canada governments had with the assistance of the UNFPA, commenced the repairs of damaged Fistula at the Borno State Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri.

On his part, the Canada Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms Emilie Milroy, said it was her pleasure to participate in the KOICA project, adding that Canada remained committed in the effort toward providing healthcare services in the northeast.

Milroy commended the Borno Government in camp management and prioritising support for women.

“I also commend the government of Korea, for strengthening support for women. This support has made it possible to support girls affected by conflict in the northeast of Nigeria,” she said.

Responding, Governor Kashim Shettima, lauded the South Korea and the Canadian governments for their intervention and partnership.

He said “It is pertinent to mention that women and children bore the brunt of the Boko Haram conflict. According to the Recovery and Peace Building Assessment of the World Bank we have 54,000 widows and 52,000 unaccompanied children orphaned by Boko Haram conflicts. Your intervention is a welcome development as it will go a long way in saving many lives,” he said.

Shettima assured that the fund would be judiciously utilised for the advancement of women and children in the state.

It could be that about 280 women with VVF were mobilised for the support, with 85 screened, 52 cases repaired, 14 cases referred while 120 were still waiting to be treated.

Bilkisu Pai