By Sola Ogundipe
IN line with its commitment to bring succour to women living with the challenge of Endometriosis in Nigeria and West Africa as a whole, the Endometriosis Support Group Nigeria, ESGN, has called for the breaking of the silence surrounding the disorder.
Speaking while briefing the media on the 2016 activities of the Group, Medical Director, Nordica Fertility centre, Lagos, Abuja & Asaba, Dr Abayomi Ajayi, said the most effective way to fight the scourge was to speak out.
He said endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the womb is found elsewhere – most commonly on the ovaries, in the recto-vaginal septum, bladder and bowel.
“That tissue behaves like the lining of the womb, bleeding every month, and can cause severe and chronic pain.
Explaining that this year’s theme is “End the Silence” Ajayi observed that any woman of reproductive age who is free of the trauma of endometriosis should count herself especially lucky and continue to count her blessings.
“Often dismissed as ‘women’s troubles’, Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive age, yet a lack of research and funding means sufferers can live in severe pain, unable to work or socialize”.
He noted that the hidden toll and extraordinary neglect of the disease affects millions of women around the globe, causing many to suffer a life of pain and debilitation and sometimes infertility, and that many doctors and specialists do not know what it is.
“Each year we join our partners all over the world to wear yellow so our sisters, daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters won’t have to suffer in silence. The journey is quite far but we are glad that the consciousness is increasing.
As part of activities for this year are the Endo Walk 2016 in Abuja and Lagos on the 18th of February and 5th of March 2016 respectively, followed by a Physician Roundtable comprising medical experts to discuss endometriosis with doctors in Nigeria on April 8, 2016 at the Civic Centre, Lagos. A fund raising/Endo Gala Night on April 9, 2016 will wrap up the activities.