When the biological clock knocks on your door, little can we do to ignore it, however, although the woman’s body is made to give life, often getting pregnant seems like a very complicated task. The stress of today’s pace of life, having no partner or suffering from some form of inherited disease are some of the possible reasons that can lead us to move away from the dream of becoming a mother. Alternatives such as assisted reproduction arise in the face of such difficulties. Today we are pleased to interview Silvia Catoira, Deputy Director General of Communication at the Oyala University Center for Gynecology and Fertility who will be opened tomorrow in the city of Oyala (Equatorial Guinea)
Meik Magazine.- How did the idea of creating the Oyala University Center come about?
Silvia Catoira.- It arises thanks to the social demand of the Equatoguinean population. The Oyala University Center for Gynecology and Fertility is located inside the high standing Djibloho hotel in the city of La Paz, Oyala, Equatorial Guinea. It is a Public-Private project (PPP) with private operation but with a health system coordinated with the Equatorial Guinean health network such as the Guadalupe Hospital, La Paz and other related international medical centers.
We detected a need that needed to be addressed from professionalism and innovation. All this under a modern regulatory framework that establishes the basis for growth and protection of the health of the country and its population.
It is a global project: from Equatorial Guinea to Africa and the world.
MM.- What are the values that will lead to the center?
SC.- Our vision is to create healthy families and lives with global leadership from Equatorial Guinea to the world, building a modus operandi that serves as a reference for other African projects. For this we will provide individualized, comprehensive and specialized care in gynecology and assisted reproduction, with a world leading team of medical specialists (Spanish) who assist patients from all over the world without leaving Africa with an adapted price and committed to unprecedented levels in region of medical quality, safety, efficiency and innovation. Our values are life, innovation, sustainability, safety and experience.
MM.- As Head of Communication, what are the necessary elements for communication focused on people with reproductive problems?
SC- Our communication is based on empathy. In knowing the position of our different patients, reasoning with them and teaching and spreading that by taking care of their health, they take care of their family and therefore the people they love the most. It is about communication-awareness to different social groups. With the Oyala University Center for Gynecology and Fertility , they can certainly fulfill their dreams and problems, so they have to visit our center and meet our doctors and health personnel.
MM.- Africa is a multicultural continent with varied socio-political contexts, but throughout the continent there is a common characteristic, at the base of its traditional culture, that the reproductive role of women sustains both its social and economic structure. The sterility of African women is an important stigma with a great personal, family and social impact. How does Oyala University Center approach the issue of social awareness?
SC.– Multiculturalism is approached with awareness, integration and knowledge. We have a strong commitment to African society to promote a sustainable continent. We are passionate about creating life and solutions for our patients and other stakeholders. We create a culture of training and promotion of young professionals.
Thanks to our efforts, many African and international families who want to have offspring and have difficulties with the traditional methodology will be able to achieve their desire. With our modus operandi as a world-leading medical center, we will be the pride of Africa from the new city of Oyala, a center of innovation, training and the future.
MM.- Oyala Center has a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified professionals with more than 25 years of experience. What are the goals set for this innovative project?
SC.- Our goal is to take care of Equatorial Guinean families and patients. Invite them to visit us, get to know us and, above all, feel safe, confident with us. We are your best companions in all phases of your life.
MM.- In addition, it is also equipped with advanced technology at the forefront to optimize the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
SC.- We have the best technology, the most modern and practical for the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of potential diseases. We are the health vanguard in Equatorial Guinea and Africa. All technology must be supported by a human team with capacity and experience.
Oyala University Center for Gynecology and Fertility is run and managed by a team of professionals with over 25 years of experience in gynecology and assisted reproduction. More than 20.000 children have seen the light with these clinicians, making Oyala University Center for Gynecology and Fertility an African landmark, whether for couples seeking to get the long-awaited pregnancy or for patients who need our care for their health problems.
Oyala University Center for Gynecology and Fertility is a European medical team that will help to care for the health of Equatoguinean people. It develops multidisciplinary diagnostic and treatment services in Gynecology, Fertility and Obstetrics, Pediatrics, General Medicine, Family Medicine, Radiodiagnostics… all guaranteeing maximum privacy, security and confidentiality. A team of multiple coordinated medical disciplines specializes in women’s comprehensive health care, male and female infertility, pregnancy and childbirth.
MM- As a result of the opening of the Oyala University Center, the debate on the issue of assisted reproduction in Equatorial Guinea was opened, which culminated in the enactment of Law 4/2020 on Sexual Health or Human Reproductive Techniques, what has been the social impact on the communicative level?
SC.- Law 4/2020 is modern, progressive and lays the foundation for what reproductive and sexual health care should be. It has been drafted by a multidisciplinary team of professionals, who knew that it was necessary to move toward the direction of the legislative framework. Taking care of our health is taking care of our family.The Equatoguinean society has understood the need for the implementation of the law and has understood how the law establishes a series of measures to give response to all those who needed to form a family.
MM.- Oyala University is unique and pioneering in assisted reproduction in Equatorial Guinea. An unprecedented fact. Should it be a real pride to contribute to realizing the dreams of many couples, right?
Oyala University Center for Gynecology and Fertility is not only a pioneer in technical media, but in human media. We have a group of doctors and health workers with a high professional value a deep experience and strong convictions and vocation for their work.