Poor funding, cultural barriers impedes VVF programme in Akwa Ibom – Official

Rev. Sis. Sylvia Ndubuaku, Matron, Family Life Centre, Akwa Ibom, says funding gaps, stigma and cultural barriers have remained the major challenges against the treatment and cure of Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in the state.

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Rev. Sis. Sylvia Ndubuaku, Matron, Family Life Centre, Akwa Ibom, says funding gaps, stigma and cultural barriers have remained the major challenges against the treatment and cure of Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in the state.

Ndubuaku made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Mbribit Itam, Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

The VVF is an abnormal fistulous tract extending between the bladder (vesico) and the vagina that allows the continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vaginal vault.

NAN reports that other causative factors of VVF include pelvic radiation, malignancy or other trauma.

It also most commonly occur due to prolonged and obstructed labour where the baby’s head might be disproportionately large for the mother’s pelvic outlet.

She said that since the VVF/Maternal Birth Injury Hospital opened in 1990 at Mbribit Itam, it had been relying on humanitarian efforts and support to keep running.

The matron said that the treatment of VVF was very demanding as patients were mostly the poor, who could hardly pay for the treatment.

According to her, some people’s detestable cultural beliefs as well as those who still indulge in female genital mutilations also contribute to VVF incidents and persons living with preventable VVF scourge.

“Funding remains our challenge and how to break the cultural barriers of some communities.

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