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Vesicular Vaginal Fistula Pandemic: Over 800,000 Nigerian Women Needlessly Suffering

Vesicular Vaginal Fistula Pandemic: Over 800,000 Nigerian Women Needlessly Suffering

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Nigeria houses largest number of cases globally According to the Federal Ministry of Health, between 500,000 and 1,000,000 women and girls in Nigeria are living with Vesicular Vaginal Fistula (VVF), with about 12,000 fresh cases reported each year. This figure alarmingly is the highest rate worldwide, thereby contributing grossly also to an equally disturbing high rate of maternal/infant mortality ratio. PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA in this write-up reveals the reasons for this - being mainly socio-cultural as well as ethno-religious, but still needlessly avoidable. For many years running Nigeria has been battling with the issue of Vesicular Vaginal Fistula. The stigmatising health condition which is seen mainly among (young) women and girls is mainly concentrated in two ...