File photo of Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State.
Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello has urged pregnant women to urgently seek medical attention in the hospital for childbirth as such would help to eradicate Vesico Vegina Fistula (VVF) in the State and Nigeria.
Governor Bello disclosed this when he commissioned a women’s health centre in Kontagora, said that the establishment of the centre has reduced the burden on the state government, charged for more of such support from other private bodies.
The modern and well-equipped edifice was built by the wife of Niger State Governor, Dr Amina Abubakar Bello through her NGO Raise Foundation, with the support of Mainstream Foundation as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The centre meant to provide health care services to women affected by Vesico Vegina Fistula (VVF), a disease that causes the uncontrolled passage of urine by women due to prolonged labour without access to professional healthcare service.
He commended the two Non-Governmental Organizations for providing a state-of-the-art facility and assured to give support to the project and other similar projects build by private organisations.
Dr. Amina, wife of the Governor and founder, Raise Foundation who explained that the project started in 2019 and completed in November 2020 is a 20-bed patients hostel has been provided to help the patients recuperate was born out of her desire to take care of indigent women affected by VVF.
She said the centre has so far treated 34 patients and presently have 21 patients undergoing treatment, in addition to also avail patients the opportunity to learn skills to empower them and prepare them psychologically
before reintegrating them into their communities.
In her remarks, the Wives of the Northern Governors Forum, represented by Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, commended the initiatives of the project especially as it affects the womenfolk.
According to Mrs. Tinuola Taylor who Represented the Federal Ministry of Health, a Director in the ministry at the event, reiterated the commitment of the ministry by encouraging such projects in the country by given its desired support and commended governor Abubakar Sani Bello for his support to the project inline with federal government policy.