The First Lady, Dr, Aisha Mohammadu Buhari has revealed ongoing plans to establish state of the Art Cancer treatment centers in the six geopolitical zones of the country to ensure accessibility by rural women for the screening, detection and treatment of cancer related diseases.
She made this known in Abuja at the Breast and Cervical Cancer walk and screening exercise organised by the National Center for Women Development in collaboration with Center for Gender Value and Culture as part of events to mark the year 2020 Cancer awareness month.
Represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Women Affairs, Dr Hajo Sani, Dr Aisha Buhari explained that the rate of Cancer infections in women called for concerted efforts from both government and stakeholders to create awareness and make treatment affordable.
“The first lady of Nigeria is going to establish state of the art cancer centre, one in Abuja. Already we have the structure kano and others in the six geo-political zones. This will increase not only awareness of cancer but accessibility to the facilities for women especially our rural women” she said
The Director General of the National Center for Women Development, Mrs. Mary Ekpere-Eta stated that breast and cervical cancers were the most common cancers in Nigeria which has resulted to over 8000 deaths annually.
According to her the alarming statistics required intense sensitization and awareness to encourage women to go for screening and early treatment of the disease.
“The good news is that with early detection, breast cancer is treatable. Cervical cancer on the other hand can be prevented by vaccination using the HPV vaccine. This occasion that is flagged up will run continuously to ensure that no woman is left behind and no live is lost to these diseases” she added
The wife of the Minister of state for Petroleum, Mrs. Alanyingi Sylva advised women and girls to make themselves available for testing as early detection of cancer disease was to prevention and treatment.
Highlights of the event were a sensitization walk and free testing and screening for both breast and cervical cancer.