18 April 2016
Speaking at the Gala Night/Fund raising ceremony of the Endometriosis Support Group Nigeria (ESGN), wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, tasked Nigerian medical experts to rise up to the challenge posed by endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory disorder and a leading cause of infertility and other gynecological complications that affect an estimated 10 to 15 percent of women and girls of reproductive age.
It is an incurable medical condition in which the lining of the uterus transplants itself outside of the uterus to the lining of the abdominal cavity and other organs-causing bloating and pain.
Former Miss Nigeria and ESGN Global Ambassador, Chief Nike Oshinowo, admitted she has lived with the condition since the age of 11. She called for policies that would stimulate research into the causes and possible cures for the condition.
“No doctor has told me why I suffer so much because of endometriosis. Why me, I keep asking. I turned 50 recently and I’m looking forward to menopause. However in spite of endometriosis, I have had an amazing life,” she said.
Mrs. Osinbajo while speaking said: “Endometriosis causes infertility, and women and girls are precious. Let’s keep it that way.
“I enjoin our medical experts and indeed all of us to help improve the quality of life of women and girls suffering from endometriosis.
“It is scary and disturbing to me that millions of women and girls are living with this condition without diagnosis and more sad that several are misdiagnosed and heartbreaking to think that as we speak, so many are suffering because of the condition.”
Speaking further, she said: “As I appreciate all the work done by the ESGN, I must salute the courage of Chief Nike Oshinowo, our beauty queen and world ambassador for this cause.
“I salute her courage even today for speaking out about her personal experiences in a society like ours that judges so quickly, and speaks so definitively about her opinions.
“I believe this is indeed a great personal sacrifice. Today, her personal experience is bare for the sake of ensuring there is awareness about endometriosis. Our clinical practitioners are encouraged to watch out for it and treat it to help sufferers and hopefully, find a cure”.