Edo State First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki Vesicovaginal Fistula Clinic, has successfully restored joy and dignity to women suffering from the Vesicovaginal fistula, simply known as VVF, as the free restorative surgeries carried out on the first set of patients, who are also beneficiaries, recorded a huge success.
Mrs. Obaseki, who was overjoyed for the outcome of each patient’s surgery, called on other VVF sufferers within and outside Edo State, to make themselves available for the treatment and care at the VVF Clinic.
The Edo State governor’s wife, who had earlier visited the registered patients/beneficiaries, at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, in the company of Professor Ileogben Sunday-Adeoye, who is the VVF specialist, in charge of the Clinic, said, she decided to initiate this, following reports that, ‘Nigeria accounts for 40% of the global burden of the condition in the world.’
Prof. Adeoye, who also expressed joy over the positive outcomes, called on other sufferers, within and outside the State, to come forward for the needed surgery. He said, the joy derived from restoration of one’s health, cannot be equated with any other thing.
Beneficiaries of the free VVF surgery, who met with Mrs. Betsy Obaseki afterwards, expressed in no small measure, their immense gratitude to the First Lady, for the second chance to live a healthy, and a normal life.
They advised women to always take to doctors advice, and recommendations to prevent a repeat of their experiences.
Vesicovaginal fistula, (VVF), is an abnormal opening between the bladder and the vagina that results in continuous and unremitting urinary incontinence.
According to Professor Ileogben Adeoye, “it is a stigmatizing condition, which subtracts from the dignity and self-esteem of the woman.”
Professor Adeoye affirmed that, VVF takes a lot from a woman, with emphasis that, “surgery is actually not just to repair the woman, but also to give her life back to her.”