Canada, South Korea Moves to Improve Healthcare in Borno


The governments of South Korea and Canada have moved to improve the maternal and reproductive health care in Borno State.

The South Korean government, through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), donated $5 million (estimated N1.8 billion) towards the improvement of the comprehensive maternal health of the troubled state.

The Canadian government, on it’s part renovated and equipped Fistula Theatre of the Borno State Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri and donated reproductive health kits.

In Maiduguri on Wednesday, to donate the medical equipment and drugs and to commissioning the newly renovated Fistula Centre were Korean Ambassador, General Lee In Tae, Acting Canada Ambassador, Emilie Milroy and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Nigeria Representative, Dr. Eugene Kongnyuy.

Both Korea and Canada governments had with the assistance rod the UNFPA, commenced the repairs of damaged Fustula at the Borno State Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri.

The exercise, which had been on for two weeks, had 280 women mobilized, with 85 screened, 52 cases were repaired, while 14 were referred.

Still on the waiting list of those to be treated are 120 women.

The UNFPA had brought three French urologists, Prof. Alain Le Duc, a Professor of Urologist at a university in Paris, and Prof. Claude Dumurger and Prof. Ludovic Falandry to operate on the women with Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) in Borno State.

Some Nigerian surgeons also participated in the repairs, they include Prof. Sunday Adeoye, Dr. Sunday Lengman, Dr. Ayi Etim, Dr. Mairinga Abdulkareem, Dr. Emmanuel Kwaya-Bura and Dr. Filibus Sunday.

The exercise was also designed at training Nigerian surgeons to specialize in repairs of damaged Fistula.

Speaking on the interventions by the Korean and Canadian governments, Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima said it was instructive as women were the most affected by the Boko Haram crisis.

He appealed to the two governments to offer further assistance to the state in the area of maternal health care.















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