By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi.
Wife of the Bauchi State Governor, Hajiya Hadiza Abubakar, and the State Ministry of Women Affairs are to partner the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Bauchi state chapter on fight against cancer in the state.
Accord for the partnership was revealed by the Governor’s wife during the commemoration of World Cancer Day, organized by NAWOJ in collaboration with the Nigerian Cancer Society, Bauchi held at the multipurpose hall of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH).
Hajiya Mohammed Abuakar, represented by the state Commissioner for Women Affairs Hajiya Asabe Hamma, said her NGO, the Ministry of Women Affairs and NAWOJ are to carry out screening for women in all the 20 Local Government Areas to create awareness on cancer disease.
‘We are so passionate and committed to the healthcare of the rural populace and less privileged in the state”. Hadiza told the World Commemoration Day celebration.
Also speaking, Chairperson of the Nigeria Cancer Society (NCS), Dr. Habiba Ismail said that the disease could be eliminated if public were much educated on its symptoms, treatment and prevention.
“That is why we are in collaborating with Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) to take a step towards eliminating the disease through continuous knowledge creation” , Dr. Ismail said.
She said ”Cancer is as deadly as HIV/AIDS, as such in as much as HIV is preventable; cancer is even curable if detected at early stage”
Also speaking, the state chairperson of NAWOJ, Mrs. Bulak Afsa said that educating women on the disease was an initiative intended to have impact on the lives of rural dwellers.
She said the association took the campaign against the disease as a result of two out of the three leading cancer types in the state that affects women directly.
Wife of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Gimbiya Dogara had in a keynote address charged members of the pen profession and professional in the field of cancer to awaken members of the public both in rural and urban areas on the deadly disease.
Mrs. Gimbiya Dogara said that breast and cervical cancers have been identified among the highest killer diseases of women in the World despite the fact that they can be prevented.
She expressed worrisome that only few women in urban and rural areas of the state are aware of the killer disease, hence the reason they continue to fall victims of the disease.
“It therefore behooves on you both as mother and journalists to continue to develop burning passion and desire to raise awareness of our women on the disease and other killer diseases which continue to wreak havoc on our women”, Mrs. Dogara said.
Highlight of the awareness campaign included lectures and a free screening of 100 women in Bauchi.
By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi.