Women are currently breaking grounds in fields previously dominated by men and it is our top-most priority to celebrate these ground breaking individuals.
Without any clue that no female has ventured into this field in the whole of West Africa, Dr Ogadinma Mgbajala, decided to build her career path as a Cardio-thoracic Surgeon,with her several years of hard work, she has emerged West Africa’s first female in the specific medical field.
Currently a consultant Cardio thoracic Surgeon at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), the amazing woman completed her residency training in catdiothoracic surgery and obtained her fellowship from the west African college of surgeons in 2016.
During this time, she spent a year training on cardiac surgery at Yashoda Hospital in Hyderabad, India and six months at the national cardio-thoracic center in Korlebu, Ghana owing to the fact that cardiac surgery wasn’t really promoted in Nigeria.
In an interview with Punch, she hinted at the competition, although subtle, from male colleagues, she said:
“I think the society has a way of conditioning women to think that there are some areas that do not belong to them. We think that there is a limit to what a woman is supposed to do”
She also went further to state that her main goal is to create a platform to help people and is currently seeking to attract global collaborations with bigger and more established cardiac centers around the world, to help build a sustainable cardiac surgery program in Nigeria.
Well Done Dr Ogadinma, We Celebrate You!