At the 2017 International Women’s Day organized by CUSO International, a Canadian organization based in Nigeria, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong has disclosed that not Less than 200 women in Cross River State have benefited from the state Government’s free Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF) treatment across the state between 2015 till date.  Asibong has stated that the patients were treated at the VVF centres in Ogoja and Calabar respectively, saying that the Ministry had to carry out a sensitization campaign with a view to discriminate stigmatization against VVF patients and thereby encouraging affected women to come out for the treatment. “The administration of Gov. Ben Ayade is passionate about the health being of women. When he came on board in 2015, he employed and trained a medical doctor to specialize in the repairs of VVF. “This trained medical doctor now does routine repairs of VVF. We do not only undertake VVF repair in Cross River, we also undertake rehabilitation of the women. We do a holistic care of the women because VVF is actually a problem of stigmatization. We treat and return them back to their communities so that they can be re-integrated into society,” She has said that the Ogoja and Calabar VVF centres have treated over 200 people since 2015. Also speaking, CUSO Head of Programmes, Africa, Mrs. Patricia Wall has said that CUSO chose to celebrate women because of their enormous contributions to the development of the society.

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