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Dr Abayomi Ajayi, Prof Isaac Adewole Lead Talks As ESGN Hold 2021 Endometriosis Awareness Programme


Monday, March 8, 2021, which marked the International Women’s Day celebration came with a difference in Nigeria as the Endometriosis Support Group Nigeria, a group that was created basically to promote the awareness of endometriosis and support women with the condition.

Dr Abayomi who spoke to journalists just before the event revealed that Endometriosis is a condition which is estimated to affect between 10-15% of women within reproductive age (11-50yrs) worldwide, that’s about 200 million women.

It is believed to be the cause of infertility in about 30-40% of couples with fertility problems in Nigeria.

The condition has no cure, and can potentially cause incapacitating pain, organ damage, infertility, and other severe and sometimes life-threatening medical consequences if inadequately managed.

The impact of Endometriosis on the individual, family, business and the nation is therefore of grave importance to us.

Titled “Sisters’ Converge: An Endometriosis Conversation” the online programme featured a distinguished panel of discussants, specialists on the subject matter as well as women living with Endometriosis.

The First Lady of Lagos State, Dr Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu who was unavoidably absent but was duly represented by Mrs Nike Osa. to declare the event open and lend her support towards fighting the scourge of this dreaded condition.

Prof Isaac Adewole, the former minister of education and an endo-champion revealed a lot on the challenges of endometriosis in Nigeria as he delivered a keynote address during the online programme. He noted that many physicians do not seek endometriosis among women and this most of the times often leads to a wrong diagnosis.

He further encouraged medical doctors to be diligent in dealing with women and be patient enough while holding conversations with them. He further noted that pelvic examination is critical when it comes to seeking to care for an endometriosis victim.

Prof Adewole advised gynaecologists who do not have required facilities for diagnoses to refer their patients to other doctors with required facilities. He also encouraged patients to seek a second opinion whenever they are in doubts.

Since 2005, the ESGN has carried out various advocacy initiatives in Nigeria and continues to push for the enlightenment of this condition; proper training of medical personnel to properly diagnose this condition and commitment to research that will bring about a cure for Endometriosis.

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