By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Wife of the Oyo State Governor, Chief Mrs Florence Ajimobi has disclosed that over 15,000 women are expected to benefit from the free cancer screening embarked upon by the Oyo State Ministry of Health, the Local Government Councils across the state and the Access to Basic Care Foundation, (ABCF) a non-governmental organization founded by her.
Chief Mrs Ajimobi stated this while speaking through Dr Sola Oriniowo from Access to Basic Medical Care Foundation at the flag off of the free screening exercise on Tuesday at Kisi, the headquarters of Irepo local government area of Oyo state.
She stressed that the free screening exercise was part of the measures by the Oyo State Government to reduce the prevalence of breast and cervical cancer among women in the state to minimal level.
According to her, the free screening exercise would be provided for 500 women in each of the 33 Local councils and their Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Oyo State for the next six weeks.
The wife of the governor maintained that Oyo state government is committed to reduce the prevalence of breast and cervical cancer, and that the screening exercise will also serve as human capacity building for nurses in the state who are responsible for cancer screening.
Chief Mrs Ajimobi pointed out that the “screening is part of the action plan of Oyo State for the Control of Cancer,” as free screening exercise will go a long way to ensure early detection and thereby promoting treatment and management.
She however promised that those found with any symptom of either breast or cervical cancer would be provided with treatment and support at Ibadan free of charge under the collaborative programme.
OyoState Commissioner for Health, Dr Azeez Adeduntan while speaking at the flag off declared that the state government was concerned by the increasing cases of cancer nowadays and that, the Ministry of Health is leaving no stone unturned to reduce the ugly trend.
The Commissioner who was represented by Dr Olabode Ladipo, stated that the programme would be carried in all the local governments across the state, promising that cancer screening would be extended to the men folk next year as a means of reducing the scourge of cancer in the state.
Dr Adeduntan then advised couples to avoid multiple sex partners to prevent cervical cancer in women.
Flagging off the programme, the wife of the chairman of Irepo local Government, Alhaja Rasidat Adediran lauded the Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi for her commitment to the welfare of the people and urged the people to avail themselves of the opportunity of the free screening exercise.
In their remarks, some of the beneficiaries of the free cancer screening, Alhaja Afusat Amidu and Madam Grace Popoola expressed appreciation to the State Government towards cancer control.