Fatima Idris Danjuma
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with the Bauchi state government have trained 70 obstetric fistula survivors in the state on various skills and donated equipment to them.
The UNFPA media and communication specialist Kori Abba Habib on Friday explained that the 70 obstetric fistula survivors who had received vocational and trade skills training were given sets of kits including sewing machines, grinding machines and hair saloon equipments.
According to her, the gesture was aimed at empowering the survivors economically and reducing their hardship in restoring their dignity.
Also speaking, the Executive Director of Fistula Foundation, an implementing partner with UNFPA, Musa Isa said they have trained victims of the disease in 16 local governments of Bauchi state.
In her remarks, the first lady of Bauchi state Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed who hosted the event cautioned the general public against stigmatization of the patients, pointing out that they need to be be shown love and concern.
She urged the beneficiaries of the empowerment programs to make good use of it by practicing the skills they learned so that they can help themselves.