Ogun Government Promises Support For Cancer Patients

Ogun State Government is to provide support for persons affected by breast and cervical cancer across the twenty local government areas of the state.

Also, fifty women are to be offered surgical operations for cervical and breast cancer free of charge as part of activities to commemorate this year’s World Cancer month.

Wife of the Ogun State governor, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun made this known in Abeokuta at a ceremony for the official opening of free breast and cervical cancer screening for women in the state. 

Correspondent Modupeola Sobukola has the details.

At the ceremony held on the premises of the Oba Ademola Maternity Hospital, Ijemo Abeokuta, the wife of the governor, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun said the free screening would be available throughout the month of October in all the primary health care centres and government hospitals across the state.

Mrs Abiodun urged the women, especially those of child bearing age to take advantage of the free screening to know their health status.

In a remark, the Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Doctor Tomi Coker said part of the state government’s commitment to ending breast cancer was the Cancer Care Management Initiative in the year 2020 to 2021 annual operational plan.

Doctor Coker promised to mobilise both foreign and local resources to complement the efforts of the wife of the governor through her pet programme, Ajose Foundation to further reduce the risks and deaths related to breast and cervical cancer. 

In a lecture on increased chances of breast cancer, a gynaecologist at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Idi Aba Abeokuta, Doctor Aminat Ahmed listed the three stages of breast cancer examination to include self-examination for lumps detection, Clinical Examination and Mammography.

Doctor Ahmed urged the women to ensure self-examination within the first seven days after their monthly menstrual cycle, while advising menopausal women to pick a specific date every month to do self-examination and also visit the hospital for tests.

In a contribution, the President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria, MWAN, Ogun State Chapter, Doctor Yinka Elemide expressed optimism that women in the state would take advantage of the intervention by the wife of the governor towards sustaining their health.

Modupeola Sobukola

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