The United State Agency for International Development (USAID) on Thursday, May 21, said 15 new cases of Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) are recorded in Kano weekly.
Country Director of Engender Health, USAID fistula care plus project, Dr. Habib Sadauki who made the disclosure at a news conference in Kano noted that despite the awareness on the scourge, more cases were being recorded.
He said the new cases were being captured at the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital where most cases are handled.
“In Nigeria, we have an estimate of 150,000 to 200,000 fistula patients. Every year, we record 12,000 new cases. So far, on an annual basis, about 5,000 cases are repaired, leaving a backlog of patients unrepaired,” he said.
Calling for massive enlightenment on the disease in northern Nigeria, Sadauki said VVF can be prevented and patients can be “repaired”.