No less than 50 Vesico Virginal Fistula patients in Kano have benefited from free surgery sponsored by the First Bank of Nigeria Limited.
Similarly, 100 other repaired patients received empowerment packages from the bank in Kano state.
This is stated in a statement from the executive director of the public sector, FBN, Abdullahi Ibrahim in Kano, obtained on Sunday.
He said the gesture was part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility activities.
“As part of activities marking our Social Responsibility Week, we have decided to sponsor the surgery for 50 VVF patients.
“After they have surgery, we will also enable them to start businesses to support themselves and their families.
“We are also supporting another 100 women who have already been treated with the same drugs,” Ibrahim said.
He said obstetric fistula is associated with psychological, social and economic challenges, including stigma, discrete, neglect and neglect.
“Therefore, there is a need for rehabilitation and reintegration based on the needs of the patient.
“That’s why philanthropists, wealthy individuals, non-governmental organizations and corporate organizations are joining forces with the government to support affected patients,” he said.
The executive director said each of the patients would be provided with a portable pasta machine, a bag of flour, vegetable oil and soybeans.
The state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, who was represented by the Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zahra’u Umar, praised the bank for the gesture.
She said the gesture would go a long way in helping those survivors reclaim their lives and return to their communities with confidence.
Ganduje urged other stakeholders to cooperate with the state government in various aspects of social developments to improve the living standards of people in the society.
Ganduje said the drug addiction reform program in Kiru was an area that required the intervention of non-governmental organizations.
Most beneficiaries praised the bank for giving them more power and promised to make the best use of the items given to them.