Medical Experts to Discuss Uterine Fibroids in Nation’s Population

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Uterine Fibroids, a medical condition prevalent among women of child bearing age, takes the centre stage of discussions as leading medical experts gather this weekend at a seminar in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.

The seminar is an initiative of OB Lulu-Briggs Foundation, being organized in partnership with University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) and Rivers state University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) to raise awareness about the scourge of thecondition. It is also planned as a platform to equip women with knowledge about the condition and also to get those with the condition to get help through medical intervention

Speaking ahead of the event in Port-Harcourt, the Coordinator of Events OBLBF, Mrs.  Ineba Tongkam, disclosed that the event will herald a medical outreach programme by the foundation where 100 indigent women with the condition and in need of surgical intervention will benefit from free surgeries. It will also feature talks and checks in celebrate of the foundation’s 18thanniversary. 

Also speaking about the event in a chat, Dr. Rosemary Ogu a consultant gynecologist said “women need to be enlightenedabout the condition and get help early. They need to be aware about all the myths surrounding the condition and to be encouraged to seek medical help early.

“Women need to get the facts right about uterine fibroids. They need to do away with the several myths that have been woven around the condition and the prevalent fear of surgery in our society.

Giving insight into the condition she said “Uterine Fibroids is a swelling of the soft tissues of the woman’s womb. When this happens it causes excessive bleeding during mensuration,including severe body pains and usually it leads to bareness ifleft untreated.”

Ogu who is also the former Chairperson of Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) Rivers state chapter expressed delight that “the seminar will be addressing all these issues.” She urged women to avail themselves the opportunity of the event to be well informed about the condition while allaying the fear by those suffering from the condition of becoming barren or dying as a result of surgical removal of uterine fibroids.

“There shouldn’t be such fear really, as long as the condition is properly diagnosed early and surgery is done by qualified medical personnel in a hospital with the right facilities. This is why awareness by everyone and information about what to do is important.”

Mrs. Ineba, also disclosed that the foundation is emphasizing women’s health and uterine fibroids in its outreach programmethis year because of the disturbing prevalence of the condition. “We realized that from our experience last year, that every 20 cases of the condition diagnosed, there are about a thousand more women living with it.

“So this year, the foundation in line with the philanthropic ideals of Dr. Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs founder of OBLBF, we decided to collaborate with 2 renowned hospitals, UPTH and RSUTH to focus on the problem. The idea being that through the seminar we will bring succour  to that woman who is suffering from the conditions

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