Health Minister, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said that the federal government is winning the war against Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF), insisting that there was high chance of the country eradicating the disease completely.
Chukwu stated this in Katsina, Thursday, during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and formal takeover of Katsina VVF centre by the federal government.
He said the key thing as far as combating VVF was concerned was prevention and noted that the nation has put in place different preventive mechanism aimed at addressing the incidence of VVF, adding that concrete steps were being taken to rehabilitate victims.
His words: “We are winning the war. The main thing is prevention really and why I say we are winning the war is that we are putting in place policies that will enhance maternal care by sensitising Nigerians on the need for adequate ante-natal care.”
“We have started some programmes that will increase the demand for ante-natal services for instance, the SURE-P and child health programme where we even give incentives to women in the form of conditional cash transfer to utilise the available ante natal care services.
“The government is training personnel, doctors, midwives, community health workers on what we call emergency obstetric care. This training has been going on over the years and we are building that capacity.”
The minister said the nation’s midwife services scheme has also helped to provide services in many facilities across the countries “so that people do not go to health centres and say there are no midwives was also part of measures to halt the menace.”