The medical director of a Lagos-based hospital, DE-ELLZ Women & Children Hospital, Dr Olarenwaju Ekujimi, has said the 500-level University of Ibadan medicine dropout, Terhemen Anongo, who castrated himself, needed urgent medical psychiatry and psychological help.
It was reported that Anongo performed a medical procedure on himself for the second time to remove his second testicles.
Anongo claimed that he did it because he needed to do away with his sexual urges since he did not have a wife, and did not want to go against his religious beliefs.
But speaking in a telephone conversation, Ekujimi said Anongo’s action was probably caused by excessive sexual desires or low sexual libido, which might have led to depression and psychological trauma.
He said his condition might have been compounded by religious indoctrination as well.
The Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist stated that Anongo had rendered himself impotent and sterile with grave implications to his reproductive health, but with little or no challenges to his overall health, if the procedure was properly carried out by the medical dropout.
He said, “The most important thing is the fact that the man becomes impotent, at the same time becomes sterile. Impotence means you cannot get an erection, while sterility means you cannot impregnate a woman.
“Besides the effect they have in terms of reproduction and erection, they also affect some metabolic functions. Those metabolic functions may be affected, but they are not life-threatening. There are other hormones that can subsist for it, but they are not vital hormones.
The medical director explained that a battle with erectile dysfunction or excessive sexual desires might have triggered the action of the medical dropout.
“The truth is that it is a two-way thing, he might be having medical challenges with his erection, that embarrasses him all the time, and he is tired of it.
“Erectile dysfunction or inability to achieve an erection is a major issue, and a major cause of depression, and marital disharmony. Gradually, the person enters depression, he is not speaking out, but he can take such drastic steps.
“On the flip side, maybe he has excessive sexual desires which had put him in different troubles, maybe he has been involved in incest and other illicit sexual behaviours.
“He could have been treated if he visited a psychiatry hospital. Some drugs or some psychotherapy could have been administered to reduce it,” he said.
Ekujimi added that Anongo’s action must have been compounded by religious indoctrination, which might have had a negative impact on his psychological state.
He said Anongo should have been psychologically examined before he did the procedure on himself.
“The story smacks of somebody with a psychiatric issue. Ordinarily, he is somebody who should be taken in, and cross-examined properly.
“It is not appropriate to carry out such a dangerous procedure on oneself; in fact, any procedure at all. There is a psychiatric issue here; there are some psychological undertones to such actions,” Ekujimi added.
He also warned that there might be dangers associated with administering such a procedure as it could lead to damage to a major vessel, an infection, or death.