Kebbi State Vesico Vaginal Festulae (VVF) Centre, Birnin Kebbi, has treated 215 patients in the past 13 months.
The Medical Director of the centre and Festula Surgeon, Dr Abubakar Dakingari, disclosed this to the News Agency of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Birnin Kebbi.
Dakingari said that 190 patients were operated upon while 25 were treated with catheter.
He said the patients were victims of prolonged obstructive labour and genital mutilation.
“The centre treats patients free from within the country and neighbouring Benin and Niger Republics,” he said.
The director said women suffering VVF were from remote communities that lacked roads and well equipped healthcare.
He blamed the spread of the disease to ignorance and poverty especially among teenage girls giving birth for the first time.
“The ailment is also common among older women living in the villages,’’ he said.
He described the shortage of manpower as the major challenge facing the centre.
“I’m the only surgeon and administrator of the centre assisted by two theatre Nurses out of which one would retire this year,” said Dakingari.
He said his other official engagements outside the state were affecting smooth treatment of patients.
“The State Government had been providing support and facilities as well as the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA), USAID and other non-governmental organisations.’’
The director solicited for more support from individuals, groups and stakeholders to improve services at the centre.