By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The President Medical Women Association of Nigeria and President Chairperson, Oyo State Coalition Against Cancer, Dr. Olusola Taiwo on Saturday asked women to go for breast and cervical screening on a monthly basis.
Dr Taiwo made the call in Ibadan while speaking at the venue of the Coalition’s free Breast and Cervical cancer free screening programme for about 1000 women held at Lagelu Grammar school, Ibadan.
The Coalition Chairperson stressed at the free screening programme in commemoration of the World Cancer Day that going for the monthly screening would enable the women to know their status
“The turnout is impressive and we are here to attend to everyone diligently. I am calling on women to go for breast and cervical screening on a monthly basis for them to know their status,” she said
According to Dr Taiwo, the free screening exercise was to provide platform for women to check their status and also access care immediately, with a view to reducing the number of deaths attributed to breast and cervical cancer in the state.
Expressing satisfaction with the turnout, the Coalition Chairperson pointed out that necessary arrangements have been made by the Oyo state government and its partners for follow-up treatment at government designated hospitals in the state, which will be based on the results of the screening .
Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun while speaking at the free screening programme charged women across the state to enrol for breast and cervical screening as early as possible to prevent unforeseen circumstances, saying, .recent reports in the media showed that breast cancer was responsible for high death rates among ladies and women
Mrs Adeosun emphasized that it was imperative to intensify awareness in various communities for proper management of the disease and that women should attach more importance to breast and cervical screening and feel free to ask questions from appropriate medical personnel in order to get adequate treatment as and when due
In their separate remarks,Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashir Bello, and his counterpart in the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Alhaja Fausat Joke Sanni, stated that the partnership became necessary to create the needed awareness towards curbing breast and cervical cancer in the state.