Dutse, July 24, 2017 (TNE): The Jigawa Government on Monday said it would sponsor the wedding of 30 ladies who had successfully undergone Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) operation in the state.
Hajiya Ladi Ibrahim, the Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, made this known while speaking with journalists in Dutse on Monday.
VVF Is a serious disability that can be experienced by women after childbirth. It is a hole that develops between the vagina and the bladder, resulting in uncontrollable leaking of urine through the vagina.
Ibrahim said the beneficiaries were those who were discharged from Jahun VVF Hospital in Jahun Local Government Area of the state.
“It is a usual thing for us to sponsor the marriage of anyone of them who finds husband after her operation.
“So we will sponsor their marriage and also provide them with complete house furniture,” Ibrahim said.
The commissioner noted that the gesture is to ensure the reintegration of the victims to the society, after their discharge from the hospital.
“This is because some of them were abandoned completely by their husbands and even sometimes rejected by their relatives.
“Most of them are not financially buoyant to keep themselves clean or hire someone to do that for them.”
According to her, the ministry usually organises a six-week skills acquisition training for victims to keep them engaged after their discharge from the hospital.
Ibrahim also said that they had undergone training in skills like bead-making, mat-making, leather work and making groundnut oil.
She said that they were also taught food vending, dying, making of locust beans and local spaghetti, soap making, perfume and cosmetics production.
“We give them start kits, depending on the trade they learnt ; for those in food vending, we give them sacks of beans, rice, millet, among others.”
The commissioner said the empowerment scheme is to create jobs and promote self-reliance among the victims.
According to her, the training also engages the beneficiaries, eases their psychological trauma and stigmatisation they may experience after discharge from the hospital.
She said the ministry would distribute 40 sewing machines and a number of grinding machines to some of the VVF victims. (TNE)