Vesico Vaginal fistula (VVF) is said to be an abnormal tear that occurs between the bladder, Vesico and the vagina leading to uncontrolled discharge of urine and feces. It is usually caused by prolonged labour when the baby's head squashes the tissues of the mum's pelvis, cutting the blood flow and causing the affected tissue to die, leading to the development of a hole. Nigeria is said to have the highest occurrence in the world with about twelve thousand women developing it every year.
VVF seems more prevalent around ignorance and poverty. It is linked to prolonged labour, fear of Caesarean sections, violent rape and under-age pregnancy.Treatment which often involves surgery is free in designated hospitals spread around the country. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and irritability of the bladder, urinary incontinence as well as a very strong smell 2 to 4 days after a traumatic childbirth.
No woman deserves to go through this heartbreaking and devastating condition. Wherever you see someone with a condition similar to that described, please direct the person to the nearest hospital, they would know the nearest VVF treatment center to direct the patient to. Twelve thousand sufferers every year may be a statistic, but behind every such statistic are humans; daughters, mothers, wives, sisters and friends.