Photos of young VVF patients carrying bowls at Murtala Muhammad Hospital, Kano

Kano State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development today, Wednesday, May 25, visited the VVF ward at Murtala Muhammad Hospital to check the health condition of the young patients and make some donation to them. The patients are pictured with bowls between their legs to manage the leakage. 

In July 2013, the then Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, said Nigeria had been identified as the country with the highest prevalence of Vesico
Vaginal Fistula in the world, accounting for about 0.4 million to 0.8 million out of the 2 million cases recorded globally.

In Nigeria, VVF has social, economic and religious implications. Many women with VVF are regarded as outcasts and marriages have been dissolved as a result of this. Many girls between the ages of 11 and 15 in Nigeria become mothers either through early marriage or unwanted pregnancies. They experience obstructed labour even as some unskilled birth attendants simply cut through the vagina to create passage for the baby, that eventually results in VVF, the leakage of urine and faeces through the vagina. 

The malodorous nature of the condition makes women with VVF become outcast in the society.