Written by Ijeoma UKAZU

Nordica, Diamond Bank walk for endometriosis

As part of its annual Endo Walk aimed at breaking the silence on endometriosis, Nordica Fertility Centre and Diamond Bank have partnered to raise awareness by walking five kilometres to keep women on the alert. 

The five kilometer walk organised by Endometriosis Support Group of Nigeria, ESGN, an initiative of Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos, in collaboration with Diamond Woman, a female-friendly initiative of Diamond Bank Plc, saw a large crowd under the downpour walk from City Mall, Onikan to Law School, Lagos. 

Addressing participants after the walk, the Medical Director, Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos, Dr. Abayomi Ajayi said "the walk will not be once a year because it will not be enough to sensitize the public. It is not a Nigerian thing. It is a worldwide event. The whole of March is dedicated to raising awareness. 

"An estimated 170 million women worldwide and 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. The tissue bleeds every month, and can cause severe and chronic pain." 

According to him, “It is a chronic disease where tissues that are normally found lining the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body forming lesions. During menstrual flow, these lesions bleed in their locations leading to pain. The most common symptoms include chronic pelvic pain, painful bowel movement, menstrual pain and sometimes some degree of infertility.” 

An international model from Tanzania and based in New York, Millen Magese, said she was invited to support endometriosis in Nigeria, stressing the need for women to seek medical attention. 

Spokesperson for Diamond Bank, Ayona Trimnell, said Diamond Woman, is an initiative that caters for the complete woman, is very passionate about the education and awareness level of the woman especially in dealing with health conditions like Endometriosis. 

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