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NIGERIA VI - “Fistula pilgrimage”

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:04pm

Soon I will be leaving Nigeria and return home to Ethiopia. Contrary to the negative picture which is falsely spread around in the world I have only met very kind, exceptionally polite and incredible helpful people during my one month long visit here. Also living under Sharia was not at all that terrible experience which the establishment in the western world wants us to believe. I had a wonderful unrestricted and pleasant time without experiencing any inconvenience.

For a devoted Moslem the pilgrimage to Mecca is extremely important. Just as important it ought to be for any devoted fistula surgeon to make a pilgrimage to Katsina - headquarter of the national fistula project in Nigeria -  to be enlightened.   Dr Kees Waaldijk has not only repaired leaking women for a great part of his life, but continuously developed new and improved techniques for fistula repair based on never ending research and a painstaking detailed documentation of each and every surgical procedure performed over a period of more than 25 years. The source of truth concerning fistula surgery is found in Katsina.

The main fistula center in Katsina has 150 beds. However the patients and relatives spend the main part of the time outdoor under the shadow of a tree.




Plastic buckets for collecting urine under every bed



Going home after being cured and discharged


VIDEO  ← click here for video

No need of rehabilitation or reintegration!




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