Thursday, 28 July 2016

"Marry a woman who had VVF and we'll pay the dowry" - Sokoto state Government

Sokoto State Government has promised to pay the dowry to any man ready to marry any woman resident in the state who has been successfully treated of Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF).

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Balarabe Kakale, disclosed this at the Ministerial Press Briefing organised by the state ministry of information in Sokoto on Sunday.

VVF is an abnormal fistulous tract/connection between the bladder and the vagina that allows the continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vagina. It often occurs in women who undergo prolonged labour.

Kakale said that the state government’s gesture was aimed at dispelling insinuations that women affected by VVF and successfully treated were not marriageable.

He said: "The state government is in collaboration with the UNFPA and the Acquire Fistula Care Project, to reduce VVF cases in the state."

The commissioner also disclosed that the government had instituted a N25,000 prize for any person who reported any case of guinea worm in the state.

Kakale said: "Anybody who reports any case of the disease will instantly get the money in reward. This gesture by the state government is part of efforts to reduce the prevalence of the waterborne disease."


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