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Korea, Canada to refurbish Borno’s VVF centre

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has said that Korean and Canadian governments have concluded plans to refurbish and equip the fistula repair centre in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The UNFPA Acting Representative in Nigeria, Dr. Eugene Kongnyuy, who disclosed this in a statement made available to Apex News in Maiduguri stressed that the Korean Government (KOICA International) had already donated $5million (N1.8 billion) to that effect.
The donation was to complete the three-year fistula repair project on Reproductive and Maternal Health (RMH) in the state.
Kongnyuy explained that the project on MRH services was to support humanitarian activities in Borno State for three years.
He said: “KOICA International has also provided hospital equipment, which the head of delegation would hand over to the state government at the state Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri.
“This fistula repairs project would put smiles on the faces of women and girls hinted that the remodeled and equipped VVF repair centre, would give back dignity to women in the state.
“On a 12-day campaign against fistula, he said: “UNFPA’s commencement of fistula campaigns in Borno State was made possible by the Canadian government in which it renovated and refurbished, and also equipped the obstetric fistula operation complex in Maiduguri.
“We leveraged on the availability of this new theatre to bring experts and surgeons from France and Nigerian. They would perform surgeries on a targeted 150 women and girls during the period.” He added that the campaign commenced on July 23, 2018 across the state.
The UNFPA Media and Communication Specialist, Kori Habib, further disclosed that 130 women and girls had already been screened for surgery at the state specialists’ hospital.
According to her, 11 complex cases have been identified and repaired just as a lot more repairs are ongoing at the Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF) centre.

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