We must pre­vent women deaths from cancer – NGO

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - From Chris Agabi, La­gos

In the past cou­ple of months, the Leah Char­ity Foun­da­tion, a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion based in Ilorin, the Kwara State Cap­i­tal, has em­barked on a num­ber of pro­grammes aimed at draw­ing the at­ten­tion of women in the state to the rav­aging ef­fect of breast and cer­vi­cal cancer.

Some­time last year, the or­gan­i­sa­tion set up screen­ing cen­tres where women could walk in, pay the sum of 200 naira and get screened for cer­vi­cal cancer in ad­di­tion to go­ing through the process of self-breast check for lumps which may be in­dica­tive of breast cancer.

To com­mem­o­rate World Cancer Day, the Foun­da­tion, led by its Found­ing Trustee, Mrs. Omolewa Ahmed em­barked on road shows which at the mo­ment has tra­versed the three se­na­to­rial districts of the state.

Mrs. Ahmed who is also the Wife of the Kwara State Gover­nor said dur­ing the sen­si­ti­za­tion cam­paign “al­though we do not pray that any one comes down with cancer, but I want you to know that cancer is not a death sen­tence and the only way to en­sure that ev­ery­one is free from cancer is to go and screen. Early de­tec­tion is the only way to save people from un­timely death and am beg­ging you all, my moth­ers, my sis­ters, my friends and chil­dren to please go and check your­selves”.

She ex­plained that the Foun­da­tion has opened screen­ing cen­tres in a num­ber of lo­ca­tions within the me­trop­o­lis, in­clud­ing the Chil­dren Specialist Hospi­tal, Cen­tre Ig­boro, Ade­wole Cot­tage Hospi­tal and the Sobi Specialist Hospi­tal.

She ap­pealed to all the tra­di­tional rulers that she vis­ited to en­cour­age women in their com­mu­ni­ties to check them­selves pe­ri­od­i­cally as this was most im­por­tant.

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