Faruk Yahaya, the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, has made a donation of a fully equipped Vesico Vaginal Fistula or VVF ward to the Goronyo General Hospital in Goronyo Local Government Area, Sokoto State.
Speaking at the inauguration of the VVF ward, Salamatu Yahaya, the National President of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association or NAOWA, said that the project was aimed at supporting VVF victims, as well as the government and donors’ efforts toward enhancing VVF treatment and services.
She expressed optimism that the ward would contribute to the smooth treatment and care of patients, as well as the provision of good working conditions for the hospital staff.
According to Yahaya, Goronyo Hospital was selected as the recipient of the VVF ward due to the high concentration of VVF patients from Nigeria and neighbouring countries and that ward is fully equipped with the necessary facilities for VVF treatment.
“The association was concerned with the plight of women suffering from VVF, and in recognition of the distinct efforts of Sokoto treatment centre, NAOWA deemed it fit to give them support in the same manner given in other places,” Yahaya said.
She urged VVF patients to come forward to access the services, noting that the condition is curable and that experts are available to provide treatment at all times.
Also speaking, Florence Makut, the wife of the General Officer Commanding and State Chairperson of NAOWA, also praised the project and said the newly constructed fistula ward will help to restore the dignity of women in society.
She lauded the leadership of Salamatu Yahaya, National President of NAOWA, on the association’s efforts toward addressing the challenges faced by women, and called on the hospital management to ensure the proper use of the facility.
The donation was made under the Chief of Army Staff’s army-civil relations scheme in the country.