The Oasis Reporters
February 20, 2017
The Maryam Abacha Children and Women Hospital, Sokoto has successfully conducted advanced Vagina reconstruction surgeries on three women with Vesico Vaginal Fistula.
Vagina reconstruction is the creation of a new or artificial Vagina after surgery to remove part or the entire Vagina; it is also used as a treatment for Vaginal cancer.
Sokoto state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Balarabe Kakale, disclosed this in Gusau at a three-day workshop organized by a USAID-assisted Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development Project implemented in Sokoto and Bauchi States.
The workshop with the theme ”2016 Sokoto State Budget Performance Review and Public Hearing on 2017 Budget Workshop” was a platform for the review of the ministry’s nearly N6 billion 2016 budget.
Represented by Alhaji Mohammed Ladan, a Director in the ministry, Kakale said the hospital also conducted 162 VVF surgeries.
It is also known that some vaginoplasty procedures, for instance, were originally developed as reconstructive surgeries to repair birth defects when the vagina was malformed, too short, or absent (such as in vaginal agensis), so that a girl could grow up to have normal urination, menstruation, and intercourse.
Obstetricians and Gynecologists evaluate surgeries and outcomes to fix functional problems, such as urinary incontinence.
These occurrences happen in the northern part of Nigeria because pre adolescent and young adolescent girls are rushed off into early marriages before the bodies are matured enough to accept pregnancies, especially in areas with insufficient medical practices and practitioners. The end result is Vaginal rupture to the anus leading to permanent and uncontrolled leakage of urine and faecal matter, known as VVF
Kakale added, ‘‘Over two million children were immunized in the state while the process of transforming Primary Health Care under one roof in the state has reached over ninety per cent
He said other achievements recorded in the health sector included the reactivation of quarterly free plastic surgeries at the Noma Hospital, Sokoto by foreign surgeons.
The commissioner disclosed that the state government provided a N100 million take off grant for the Contributory Health Scheme while more than three million people were provided free malaria drugs.
”Health staff were recruited and posted across the state to shore up the provision of efficient healthcare services to the people.
”Several other construction and renovation projects as well as provision of hospital equipment, drugs and medicament were executed in 2016.