Tuesday, 10 October 2017


The wife of Cross River State governor, Dr Linda Ayade has given her assurance that women undergoing fistula repairs at the General Hospital, Ogoja, Cross River State will be assisted with free feeding and rehabilitation and integration after surgery. This is in addition to the present rehabilitation project her organization MDF has been doing for women who had vesico vagina fistula repairs in Calabar.
She made this pledged on Thursday, 5th October, 2017 while receiving a team from USAID Fistula Care Project implementers “ENGENDER HEALTH" at her office in Calabar.
Dr Ayade said the high number of obstetric fistula cases in Nigeria,with over 12,000 new case every year was worrisome and the State Government is doing every thing possible to ensure they support the efforts of the USAID fistula care plus team to attend to cases in CRS.
She noted that, Mediatrix Development Foundation which is her pet project will be partnering with the State to ensure that the women undergoing fistula repairs are given free feeding and rehabilitation and integration back into their communities after surgery.
Finally she commended USAID for setting up this project in Cross River State and reassures them of her foundation and State Government support to the project.
The Honorable Commissioner for Health, Cross River State, Dr Mrs Inyang Asibong, while presenting the safe motherhood Ambassador Award to Her Excellency thanked her for all her super support for mothers and children in the state. She said ENGENDER HEALTH with Support from USAID had set up a fistula care plus centre at Ogoja General Hospital to repair women of obstetrics fistula. She said fistula is considered an endemic situation and with the support of USAID the State will achieve maximum result.
Also Speaking, Dr Betta Edu added that the Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, is very passionate about the health of women and children, and is committed to reducing cases of fistula in the state.
According to her there is a great need for obstetrics fistula repairs in the State while assuring the team from USAID that health workers in the primary healthcare level will mobilize affected women to the VVF centre at Ogoja.
She ended by commending Dr Iyeme Efem the country director of Engender Health for attracting such support to Cross River State.
Earlier Speaking, the Country Project Manager, EngenderHealth, Chief Iyeme Efem said it a great pleasure to work in Cross River State and his organisation is looking at getting the required skilled group which will be able to manage the repairs as the nation is looking at achieving 10,000 repairs across the nation yearly.
He noted that during their last discussion with the Minister of health, he had agreed to wave off fees for fistula repairs at the teaching hospitals and this directive has been sent to all Chief medical directors of teaching hospitals. So we are now looking at visiting the teaching hospitals to see how we can get them to comply with this directive, he said.
Chief Efem pleaded for the support of the Cross River state government to support feeding which cost about 800 Naira per day to feed each woman for the two weeks duration.
He thanked the Cross River State Government for their overwhelming support for the take off of the project in Ogoja.
It would be recalled that last month, a pool effort was done in Ogoja with about 28 women repaired.