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Cross River Govt to Offer Free Surgery to 80 Patients on World Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) Day




Cross River Governor, Ben Ayade

Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade

The Cross River Government has promised to offer free surgery to more than 80 patients suffering from Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) as the World marks the VVF Day on May 23rd.

Dr. Inyang Asibong, the state Commissioner for Health, disclosed this on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Asibong said that the gesture was to mark the event and to also encourage VVF patients to come out for treatment.

According to her, experts in VVF treatment would be on ground to perform medical test and carry out the surgery on the patients.

She said that the treatment would commence on May 23rd and end on May 31st.

“As part of the activities to mark the 2016 United Nations World VVF Day, the state government has agreed to offer free treatment to over 80 VVF patients in the state. In fact, we will even give them transportation money back to their respective destinations.

The treatment is free. This we are doing to ensure that we eradicate VVF in the state. We have designated two centres for the surgery; the general hospital in Calabar for Southern Senatorial district and Ogoja general hospital for Northern senatorial district. Ignorance and lack of finance should not be a setback in accessing fistula treatment. We are calling on all VVF patients to come out for free surgery on May 23rd,” she said.

The commissioner added that her ministry was conducting awareness campaign in urban and rural areas in the state on the need for patients to report early cases of VVF for treatment.

She further said that the Ogoja general hospital which treats cases of VVF was well equipped with adequate medical facilities.

NAN reports that the 2016 theme for the world VVF day is “Ending fistula in the current generation”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. tn

    May 20, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    please can somebody tell this ‘Mr. digital governor’ that cross river state scholars in russia are suffering? he keeps deceiving people that he is working yet he has refused to cater for the scholars sent by the last administration to russia. its so bad that we go around begging to survive. our parents have tried their best to appeal but he is just adamant and has refused to pay up our tuition fees not to talk of our monthly upkeep. some of us are at the verge of been sent home. our school got his number and called him directly telling him of our plight. he got angry and refused to reply. BN PLEASE HELP US PUBLISH THIS. And please nobody should come up with the whole thing of the economy is bad bla bla bla. we understand that already but i can state clearly and categorically that russia isnt a very expensive country to school in and we are talking of about 60million naira or less for 25 scholars. we are really in need. please somebody should help us oh before we die in a strange land!!!!!!!

    • anonymous

      May 21, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Come back home and go to school na, it’s not by force to school abroad o

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