Katsina: Commissioner for Women Affairs flags off skills acquisition training of 100 VVF treated women
No fewer than 100 women that were treated from Vesico Vaginal Fistular (VVF) in Katsina State are undergoing a three-month skills acquisition training in the state.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr Badiyya Hassan made the disclosure in Katsina on Tuesday while flagging off the training programme.
Hassan said that 55 of the women had so far reported to the National Obsteric Fistular Centre at Babba-Ruga village near Katsina metropolis.
“We are still waiting for the remaining women to arrive at the training centre as we have made adequate provision for their accommodation, feeding and training.
“The state government has decided to give the women the training in tailoring, knitting, pomade making, beads making and adult education.
“The government wants the women to learn a trade and become self- reliant as some of their husbands have abandoned them,” she said.
Earlier, the Deputy Medical Director of the National VVF Centre, Dr Sadiyya Nasir, said that the centre has been treating VVF patients from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Ghana.
“We have been receiving patients from different parts of Nigeria and other West African countries.
“There are only three VVF centres in Nigeria, which include that of Katsina, Ningi in Bauchi state and Abakaliki in Ebonyi state,” she said
Nasir revealed that they have over 120 patients currently on admission adding that last week they conducted cosurgery for 30 women successfully.
“Our fistular centre in collaboration with a women healthcare NGO organised the five day operation for the 30 women last week,” she said.
NAN reports that the VVF disease is caused by problem of prolonged labour during child birth.