O United Nations The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) says that Nigeria registers 12,000 new cases of vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) annually.
UNFPA's national representative, Ms. Ulla Muller, who disclosed this to journalists on Thursday in Abuja, said Nigeria is one of the countries with the highest number of cases of VVF in the world.
She said: "Nigeria has about 148,000 cases of fistula, with about 12,000 new cases each year."
VVF is an abnormal fistulous tract that extends between the bladder (vesica) and the vagina that leads to continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vaginal compartment.
According to her, UNFPA has major brands in Nigeria through preventive and curative interventions, such as family planning, community involvement and training of health professionals.
She said this is vital in preventing and reducing fistula, which has destroyed the lives of many young women and caused many families to experience countless difficulties.
Muller, who described Nigerian fistula surgeons as one of the best in the world, said it is advisable for women living with the condition to avoid becoming pregnant for at least 12 months.
She emphasized UNFPA's commitment to raising awareness about the disease through the use of local and social media platforms aimed at young women.
The UNFPA representative advised young women on condition that they seek immediate medical help and not feel ashamed for fear of stigmatization.
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