BY: AISHA SAAD
The survivors of Fistula in Adamawa State have been rehabilitated and empowered by the FISTULA FOUNDATION in collaboration with the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development supported by United Nations Population Fund UNFPA. The programme took place at Women Development Centre, Yola.
The aforementioned organisations have trained and graduated fifty (50) survivors of fistula across the State, acquired skills of their choices and equipped them with tailoring machines, grinding machines, wrappers and a take off grant to venture into businesses for self reliance.
In a remarks by the Governor's wife, Hajiya Lami Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, represented by the Hon. Commissioner, State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Lami Ahmed Ga’anda, commended FISTULA FOUNDATION for empowering the beneficiaries . She further lauded the efforts of United Nations Population Fund for supporting the programme. Lami, called on the beneficiaries to utilise the items given to them.
Consequently, in a speech presented by the UNFPA Programme Officer, Dr. Danladi Idrissa, lauded Adamawa State Government and the State Ministry of Women Affairs for identifying with fistula survivors. He said ‘the survivors are traumatised because of the condition of their health, they are being stigmatised and sometimes rejected by their Husbands, but, through rehabilitation and empowerment, it gives a survivor a sense of belonging to continue with their normal life. Dr. Danladi, further explained some causes of fistula to include; prolong labour, not attending ante-natal clinic, early marriages amongst others. He added that, Adamawa State has recorded 265 cases of fistula between 2015 to date.
Also, in a remarks by the representative of District Head of Jimeta, Mai jimillan Damilu, Malam, Ismaila Muhammad, he thanked the Adamawa State Government for giving non governmental organisations the opportunity to touch the lives of people.
Additionally, the Director, FISTULA FOUNDATION, Malam. Musa Isa, called on the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to provide shelter for fistula survivors so as to be rehabilitated and empowered. He warned beneficiaries to utilise items given to them judiciously.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Nancy A Chama, expressed her profound gratitude for the gesture. She added that, before government's intervention, she was charged with the sum of # 150,000 in a private Hospital for fistula treatment which she could'nt afford. Fortunately, she is given free treatment.
Climax of the ceremony was presentation of items to the beneficiaries.