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    Monday, 27 February 2017


    A general practitioner, Dr. Patrick Okolie, says early child Marriage exposes young girls to Vesico Vagina Fistuka (VVF).
    He defines VVF as an abnormal fistulous tract extending between the bladder and the vagina, which allows continuous and involuntary discharge of urine into the vagina vault.

    He explains that the condition is one of the two common obstetric fistulas that are found among young women in developing countries like Nigeria.
    Okolie states, “it is generally associated with early childbirth and marriage, which are more common in some states. The average age of occurrence of VVF in Nigeria, especially in the Northern part of the country, is about 11 years to 15”.
    According to the Doctor, the condition is responsible for the high rate of divorce in some of these places where young women suffering from vesico vagina fistula are victimized.

    CHILD BRIDES MAY SUFFER (PTSD) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
    Consultant Paediatrician, Rotimi Adesanya, notes that there is a direct link between early marriage and child’s mental health.
    Rotimi explains that person who have been abducted and forced into similar marital relationships may suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
    He notes that they will experience recurrent nightmares of the incidents that led to their abduction and such experience could lead to serious health challenges such as insomnia, depression, anxiety and in severe cases, memory loss or suicide.
     He said, “Most of them will deprive themselves of food just to rebel against their abductor. They will have a lot of anger welling up in them constantly. Most of them will be passing through posttraumatic stress disorder. They will suffer insomnia; they won’t be able to sleep most nights due to anxiety. They will have nightmares of the horrors of their kidnap and of what they see while living with their abductors.
    They will experience fright episodes, break down and suffer memory loss just to escape the pain. Their state of physical, mental and social health has been compromised.

    Consultant psychiatrist, Dr. Adeoye Oyewole, recommends that when Ese is released, she should be rehabilitated by a psychologist for up to a year.
    Adeoye said, “such a girl should get a comprehensive clinical revaluation from a doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, and social workers to check acute psychiatric manifestation in her behavior.
    She will need clergymen who will counsel her through the healing process. The parents must be rehabilitated too because they have also been traumatized.
    They are supposed to be the pillar of support for the girls but the mental torture they have gone through may not allow that. They must also be evaluated at least for six months.

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