By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello on Thursday declared that the government is committed to putting an end to the spread of breast and cervical cancer in the state
Dr Bello stated this at a free breast and cervical cancer screening /sensitisation programme organised by the State Ministry of Health to commemorate the 2021 World Cancer Day, for women of reproductive age in the state,
According to the Commissioner, Cancer as at present remains one of the most common chronic diseases that can affect any part of the body and that the World Health Organization (WHO) has alerted that about 76 million people die due to cancer globally every year
Dr Bello maintained that the day was observed to raise awareness on cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment, saying, “World Cancer Day is celebrated every year on the 4th of February. This day is observed to spread awareness about one of the most common chronic diseases that can affect any part of the body.
” The World Health Organisation, WHO, believes that this day holds importance because every year about 76 million people die due to cancer. The theme for this year’s World Cancer Day is ‘I Am And I Will’, with a sub-theme of ‘Together, All Our Actions Matter.’ “The ultimate year of the ‘I Am and I will campaign (theme for 3 years 2019-2021) shows us that our action has an impact on everyone around us, within our neighbourhoods, communities and villages”, he said
Dr Bello added ” it is important to note that our actions are also being felt across borders and oceans. The present administration in Oyo state has made health one of its priorities in order to transform people’s lives, and would continue to create awareness on the preventive and curative aspects of cancer management across all the length and breadth of the state”.
“This year’s theme reminds me that I am fortunate to be a part of Governor Seyi Makinde’s government, which has made health one of the cardinal pillars of his administration and this has truly transformed people’s lives. We are using this opportunity to create awareness about cancer across all communities of Oyo State such that it benefits people everywhere,”
Speaking further, Dr Bello noted that collaboration and commitment to act against cancer will lead to a powerful progress in reducing the global impact of cancer, and that towards this, Oyo state government and the Coalition Against Cancer in the state have put together programmes to ensure screening services are available to communities, which will come up at Lagelu Grammar school, Agugu, Ibadan.
“When we choose to come together, we can achieve a healthier, brighter world without cancer. Together, all of our actions matter. Presently, the state government, in partnership with the Coalition Against Cancer in Oyo State, have put together programmes to ensure screening services are available to our communities. This is the breast and cervical cancer screening for women of reproductive age, on the 6th of February, 2021 at Lagelu Grammar School from 8 a.m”. “This programme is very important in cancer prevention for all women as those screened will be referred for appropriate treatment”, adding, “kindly note that the time slots given during registration will be strictly followed so as to ensure the NCDC’s COVID -19 protocols are adhered to.”
Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Health, Dr. Olufunmilayo Salami, while speaking said about 500 women would benefit from the free breast and cervical screening exercise and that there was the need to develop a culture where people would take responsibility for their health.