Founder of The Fibroid Initiative of New York, TFI-NY, Ambassador Grace Eke-Charrier yesterday in Abuja disclosed that five out of every six Nigerian women are diagnosed with fibroid.
She made this known at a sensitisation forum, noting that with the present situation in the country, emphasis will be to cover women in prisons with huge reproductive health challenges and women in the rural areas.
According to her, the initiative which started in the USA is out to reach policy makers to implement policies that help women who cannot afford the cost of the operations.
‘’Most women cannot afford to pay for the operations. We want to target low income earners, farmers, small business owners who cannot afford to pay for the operations so that something can be done for them to ameliorate cost. For instance for a surgery that goes for N500, 000 to be brought down to N100,000 then we have done something good for them.’’
Also Dr. Fatima Zara Mairami, Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, FCT said that although there is no known medical causes for fibroid, the disease cannot be detected until one goes to the hospital for routine check-up.
She said , ‘’Treatment of fibroid depends on the size and where it is located. But some you may just watch and keep examining the patient, seeing her every three months before she reaches her menopause.’’
‘’The hormonal aspect of fibroid is visible during reproductive age, so fibroid is a disease of the reproductive age group and that’s why we think there is a lot of hormonal play because there is no particular age at which people start developing symptoms of fibroid but most times it is discovered during routine check up.’’
According to Mairami, sometimes one may need to do surgery to remove the fibroid or remove the entire womb. Or you can preserve the uterus and remove just the fibroid.’’
‘’If the entire womb is removed then the woman cannot have babies but if the woman still wants to have babies, then the fibroid is removed so the woman can have children.

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