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National Obstetric Fistula Nigeria

The South East Fistula Centre Abakaliki established on 5th December 2008 was inaugurated by the wife of the former president Hajia Dr Turai Yar Adua. The institution brought to the national limelight the plight of the women suffering from the scourge of genital fistula in the southern part of Nigeria, providing free treatment to these indigent mothers.
Following series of advocacy championed by the wife of the then governor of Ebonyi state Mrs Josephine Elechi, the Centre was taken over by the Federal Government of Nigeria becoming the first National Obstetric Fistula Centre in Nigeria. The Centre has a mandate of been the National reference centre of excellence for the provision of free treatment, training of medical and paramedical personnel, Rehabilitation, Research and Prevention.

Currently the Centre has provided free treatment for over 2000 women from over twenty states of the federation (including Ebonyi, Abia, Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Edo, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa, Delta, Kogi, kwara, Benue, Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Osun, Oyo, Ondo, Bauchi,  Abuja) with genital fistula including free feeding, investigation, surgery, medications etc. The fistula repair outreach team of the Centre has also extended the free treatment program of the Federal government to these women in neigbouring states of Abia, Bayelsa, Anambra, Delta, Cross River, in collaboration with the respective state governments. Close to a hundred medical and paramedical personnel from several teaching hospitals and other federal, state and private health institutions across the country have received training for fistula surgery.

The Centre in collaboration with Mother and Child Care iitiative (MCCI) and later UNFPA has provided free treatment for over 532 women with pelvic organ prolapse and used the opportunity to provide capacity building for scores of medical personnel in the surgical treatment of pelvic organ prolapse.

The Cancer screening Unit of the Centre was commissioned by the wife of the immediate past president, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan under the MCCI program and became fully operation in 2012. The Centre has provided free breast and cervical cancer screening for over 15,000 Nigerian women and provided free treatment to women with premalignant lesions of the cervix in addition to free surgical biopsies for women with frank and obvious lesions of breast and cervix. The centre has an in house cancer screening team as well as an outreach screening program that has taken the free Cancer screening program of the Federal government to various local government areas within the state and surrounding states of Enugu, Imo and Rivers states.

The Centre through the constituency project of Senator Chris Nwankwo has the second invitrofertilization unit in any government owned facility in the southern part of the country and the third in the entire country. The Unit provides subsidized treatment to resource constrained couples with the challenge of infertility who cannot afford the usual exorbitant fees charged by the private hospital who mainly provide the service. And on the 23rd of December 2015, the very first baby was delivered at Faderal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, giving credence to our commitment.

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