The Wife of the Nigerian President, Mrs Aisha Buahri, has expressed dismay over the level of stigmatization faced by women with infertility problem.
Mrs Buhari made the remark in Abuja at an event organized by a Pharmaceutical Company, MERCK Group, in partnership with her pet project ‘Future Assured’ Initiative.’
She said that the problem can be addressed through increased awareness and empowering women with infertility problem.
Mrs Buhari, who was represented by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, said there was also a need to educate pregnant women to avoid maternal death.
She said that female genital mutilation was another problem faced by expectant mothers.
According to her: “infertility in Africa is largely caused by preventable infections” and expressed her determination to lead the campaign against stigmatization of persons living with infertility in Nigeria.
She stressed the need for women to get access to healthcare facilities especially at the local level where cases of infections are more prevalent.
“Women who are not infected require information more than medication,” she said.
Mrs Buhari called on government at all levels to acquire the needed
equipment, to cater for patient mothers and pregnant women.
“Financial assistance is key to empowering women with infertility to boost their economic activities” she stated.
The Wife of the President assured the MERCK group of her cooperation and support to eradicate the stigma faced by women suffering from infertility.