VVF patients commend UNFPA, Ebonyi First Lady over welfare, others

The Coordinator, Family Succor and Upliftment Foundation, Evang. Chukwuma Elom addressing patients at pre operative and post operative wards of the National Obstetric Fistula Centre, Abakaliki.The foundation is a pet project of Mrs Umahi.

No fewer than fifty five Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) patients at the National Obstetric Fistula Centre, Abakaliki, have applauded sponsors of their free repairs and other medical services rendered in the hospital. 

They made the remark on Sunday in Abakaliki, during a visit on the patients by team of Family Succor and Upliftment Foundation, a pet project of Mrs Rachael Umahi, wife of the state Governor. 

Mrs Matter Awara, a Patient while commending the first lady and the  United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) over commitments of patients welfare, said she had suffered depression and mental health following maltreatment by her husband. 

Awara a 30-years-old mother of two kids from River state, revealed that she had done the repair three times and was not successful with the surgeries until her visit to Ebonyi. 

"We spent over N 2.5 million in River state and was not successful until my visit to Ebonyi. 

"Every services rendered here  is free. 

"I commend wife of the governor and her partner for their deep commitments to sponsor and care over our condition,"Awara said. 

Mrs Abigail George, a 34-years-old patient from Akwa Ibom with the condition said she was abandoned by her husband over the health challenge. 

"I developed this problem since 2016.

"But after the repair in this centre, i can now control my faeces and urine. 

"My husband who is a truck driver had abandoned me because of my condition but i am happy to be normal again," George said. 

Another patient, Mrs Cynthia Igweoduma, from Abia state said she had also suffered neglected from her husband following the illness. 

"I am a 25-years-old mother with 2 children and was abandoned by my husband because of my condition. 

"I appreciate the sponsors of this programmme and pray God to reward them  all," Igweoduma said. 

The Coordinator of the Foundation, Mr Chukwuma Elom, urged them to observe rules given by the hospital to avoid complications of their challenge. 

Elom said the foundation was partnering UNFPA to ensure their were repaired and trained on skills to sustain their livelihood. 

He also warn women against patronising quacks during antenatal, delivery to avoid consequences associated with the health conditions.

The agency reports that the patients at pre operative and post operative wards would be trained on skill.

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