By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State, his deputy, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, Secretary to Niger State Government, (SSG), Isah Ladan as well as the Chief of Staff to the governor, Mikhail Alamin Bmitosahyi on Saturday led a couple of dozens of persons on a road walk to create public awareness against cancer diseases amongst citizens in the state for diagnosis and treatment of patients afflicted with the deadly disease.
The walk under the auspices of the RAISE Foundation, a pet project of the wife of the governor, Dr. Amina Sani Bello has intensified campaigns against the scorge of the disease especially amongst women in the state.
The wife of the governor on Saturday called out members of the foundation and her husband, who led some members of the state executive council on a walk out on the street to further highlight the increasing cases of the disease and to create awareness on how to combat cancer disease through regular check up for early detection of the disrase.
Governor Sani Bello disclosed shortly after the walk out that the state government would soon establish a cancer centre at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, (IBB) Specialist Hospital in Minna.
Governor Sani Bello said the centre, when estabished, would handle cases on breast and cervical cancer especially its early detection.
The pet project has been organising breast and cervical cancer screening under the auspecies of the RAISE Foundation.
He disclised that plans were afoot to have a cancer centre at the IBB Specialist Hospital even as he assured that very soon, that project will take off.
He noted that cancer had the become a major threat to life in most countries of the world hence the need to streamline efforts and strategies to combat and possibly to eliminate it.
The governor commended the RAISE Foundation and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Centre of the foundation for bringing leading in the awareness campaign against breast and cervical cancer diseases.
He pressed that the awareness campaign should be done more often just as he acknowledged that the walk out has created avenue for making members of the public to stay physical fit by engaging in the road walk.
Dr. Amina Sani Bello and initiator of the RAISE Foundation, had earlier explained that the walk out was to create public awareness about possible cure for cancer if it was detected in good time.
She said RAISE Foundation was out to provide avenue that could detect strands of breast and cervical cancer at early stage through proper prognosis for immediate prevention and treatment.
She disclosed that the foundation had since commenced free breast cancer screening which would last to the end of this October.
Treatment and assistance would be given to those detected to have the disease. Dr. Amina called for support from corporate bodies in the fight against the disease.
The awareness campaign is tagged, “Minna Walk Away Cancer”. Members of the general public as stakeholders are brought together on a few kilometres guided trek in the morning hours.
The wife of the deputy governor, Aisha Ahmed Ketso, wives of some serving commissioners and high ranking members of the administration in the state were also in the awareness campaign trek.