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“I became a gynecologist to empower women”-Doctor Newton Okoh

by Adenike Akindude

A Nigerian gynecologist, Doctor Newton Okoh spoke to dailyfamily.ng in an exclusive interview about the passion that led him into gynecology despite being a medical doctor before.

“I became a gynecologist to empower women”-Doctor Newton Okoh

Doctor Newton Okoh

Can we meet you?

My name is Doctor Newton Okoh, I am a Consultant Gynecologist and also a fertility expert.

“I became a gynecologist to empower women”-Doctor Newton Okoh

Doctor Newton Okoh

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Why did you choose Gynecology?

First of all I’m a doctor and in the course of practicing medicine I found out that it is better to settle down as a gynecologist so that we will be able to empower and help women and ensuring they attain whatever they set to attain in life.

Are you married?

Sure, I am married with three children.

How long have you been married?

For 8 years now.

Do you treat your wife?

No I don’t do that, if my wife has a gynecologic case I refer her to a gynecologist. Of course, in my hospital we access treatment there too.

How does your wife cope with your profession as a gynecologist?

As a gynecologist, women call me at midnights and it created a very big problem with my wife. Sometimes, she understands and other times, she may complain who is this calling you? I had to sit her down to let her know that I’m a gynecologist and when a woman is in need of her doctor, it doesn’t matter what time of the day it is.

How do you cope with advances from your patients as they are women?

In such cases, you should be able to define it professionally. Let them know that you have a doctor and a patient relationship. Otherwise you will be going out with every woman you attend to and that is not acceptable professionally.

About the major risk factor in maternal and child mortality

Ignorance and poverty are the major risk factors in maternal mortality because most times, these women don’t have money, they are not aware, they can’t take decisions and even when you advise them on steps to take, most times they understand but because of money they won’t take that decision but will rather go to people around them to give them support. They tend not to listen to the doctors not because they don’t what the doctor is saying is right but because they don’t have the means.

What can be done to put an end to maternal mortality?

I think this is where the government comes in. Government should offer services to pregnant women, when they free ante natal it should be free services from the beginning to the end.

What’s your opinion about child spacing and control?

Contraception is the ideal thing. The same ignorance and poverty affects women also in this regard. Most women cannot take that decision unless their husbands support them. We see women coming back with pregnancy over and over again.

That is why we should educate them, let them know about contraceptives. Also, involve their husbands because contraception is very key.

At what age do you think a woman should stop giving birth to children?

That is a relative question; it depends on the family size the woman wants. For example, a career woman who has approached 40 years before she got married you cannot tell her about age. The most important is to ensure that this woman is healthy before and during pregnancy.

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