7,000 Women Get Free Cancer Screening In Cross River

Cancer screening in Cross River stateAt least 7,000 women across the 18 local government areas of Cross River State have benefited from free breast screening.

It was a pink Tuesday in Calabar, the state capital as the breast cancer awareness was flagged off.

Scores of women and some men marched through the streets to educate residents on the need to prevent and control the disease that has killed thousands owing to late detection.

Children were not also left out as they danced to music while the older ones handed informative fliers to the people of the state.

Mammograms and ultrasound scans were carried out to detect and immediately treat any cancers found in the women.

A public health practitioner, Dr. Betta Edu, underscored the importance of examination even in the absence of symptoms.

Face Reality

A cancer specialist, Clement Sunday, also stressed that a high percentage of cancer deaths could be avoided if detected early and by modifying risk factors such as unhealthy diets.

“There are people who still live in self-denial that cancer does not exist. That has to change.

“People need to wake up and face the reality because if you don’t acknowledge a problem, it might be very difficult to fight that problem.

“The recent study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that about 100,000 people die of cancer every year in Nigeria,” he said.

The event was part of activities to mark the World Breast Cancer Day which is commemorated in solidarity with people who have lost their loved ones to cancer and those currently battling the deadly disease.

Avert Unnecessary Deaths

There were also activities in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria, where the wife of State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, donated an ultra-modern cancer centre each at the general hospital in Abeokuta and Sango, as well as the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu area of the state.

For her, this was in a bid to avert unnecessary deaths as a result of cancer.

Mrs Amosun said that the development would enhance easy access to treatment against cervical and breast cancer by indigent women in Ogun State.

She expressed concern about the pandemic which had led to unnecessary deaths in the state and across the country.

The first lady further tasked stakeholders to take immediate and proactive measures in increasing awareness and treatment against the deadly disease.

 

Olufunso Amosun Donates Three Cancer Centres In Ogun

Olufunso Amosun, Cancer, OgunWife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, has donated an ultra-modern cancer centre each at the general hospital in Abeokuta and Sango, as well as the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu area of the state.

Mrs Amosun says the donation is in a bid to ensure easy access to treatment against cervical and breast cancer by indigent women in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

At the commissioning of the centres, the first lady said she was concerned about the pandemic which had led to unnecessary deaths in the state and across the country.

She, however, used the auspicious occasion to task stakeholders to take immediate and proactive measures in increasing awareness and treatment against the deadly disease.

The commissioning of the centres was witnessed by development partners, traditional rulers, medical experts and members of the State Executive Council.

The Ogun State Chairperson of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Stella Ogunmuyiwa, commended the gesture of the first lady.

On his part, the Commissioner of Health, Babatunde Ipaye, expressed hope that the gesture would go a long way in reducing avoidable deaths through cervical and breast cancer.

He urged women across the state to take full advantage of the facilities for screening and early detection of the disease for treatment.

Amosun, Wife Advocate Hygienic Environment In Ogun

Amosun-Environment-OgunThe Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and his wife, Olufunso have led an awareness campaign on the need for a greener environment.

The campaign was part of measures to safe humanity from the current scourge of the effects of depletion of the ozone layer, which has resulted in the excessive heat being experienced across Nigeria.

Addressing market men and women, as well as people of the state during the walk on Friday, Mrs Amosun asked residents to be more responsible and responsive to the environment in order to ensure a healthy life for all.

The awareness campaign was taken round major markets and streets in Abeokuta the state capital.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Information, Dayo Adeneye, also joined the league where residents were enlightened on the need to maintain good personal hygiene to reduce outbreak of diseases.