Her Excellency Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu launches a campaign to eradicate cervical cancer

The First Lady of Kebbi State, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, continues to provide support to eradicate cervical cancer in Nigeria.

Dr. Bagudu, founder and Chairman of the Medicaid Cancer Foundation, was at the King of Argungu Palace on Tuesday where she joined other stakeholders in developing a global strategy to eradicate cervical cancer.

The Governor’s wife was received at the palace by the Emir of Argungu, His Highness Alhaji Samaila Muhammad Mera, and his Councilors as well as representatives of the Emirs of Gwandu and Zuru. She testified that she went to Argungu to get support for the eradication of cervical cancer which kills more than 500,000 women every year.

She said cervical cancer was the second leading cause of death among women in Nigeria, where it was prevalent in low-income countries.

According to her, “We can eliminate cervical cancer by following what the WHO says by getting vaccinated early. We can vaccinate 90 percent of our girls, through routine tests. constant treatment as soon as possible.

“There are other countries that have already done this, we hope Nigeria will be one of those countries by providing screening services, access to HPV prevention, and early treatment,” she said.

While urging women to take advantage of screening opportunities in Kebbi State, she also urged them to continue visiting hospitals for treatment instead of traditional ones.

She called on parents, men, women, and civil society organizations to support this noble cause.

She expressed gratitude to the King of Argungu for his support to the people of his Kingdom in raising awareness and eradicating cervical cancer.

She also commended other traditional, religious, and community leaders for their support of the program.

“I am grateful to the King for allowing us to do this exercise which will allow the people of his kingdom to ask questions about what we are doing.

“The exercise at the royal palace was aimed at raising awareness on the causes, symptoms, and treatment of cervical cancer,” she said.

She prayed that the King’s expertise in eradicating polio would also be important in eradicating cervical cancer in Nigeria.

In his address, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Mohammad Mera assured the governor’s wife of their commitment to eradicate cervical cancer.

He also called for the involvement of traditional rulers in the country, especially in Northern Nigeria, to support efforts to eradicate cervical cancer.

He also called on homeowners to let their wives and children go for screening and prevention of breast and cervical cancer.

He also instructed the Imams to go to various places of worship to raise awareness.

Earlier the state health commissioner Hon. Jafar Muhammad said the campaign was aimed at raising awareness about cancer.

He announced the state government’s plan in collaboration with the World Health Organization, CHAI, and the Medicaid Foundation to conduct breast and cervical cancer screening for more than 5,000 women in the state.

In his message of congratulations, Dr. Ishak Lawal of the Federal Medical Center in Birnin Kebbi, Dr. Ashiru Ladan, is the Chairman of the State Medical Association of Nigeria (NMA), Prof. Mahmoud, and also Dr. Jamilu Muhammad, all supported the program.

They point out that cervical cancer is a very serious disease that affects many women, pointing out that a woman suffers from cervical cancer every minute, while a woman dies as a result of the disease every three minutes in the world.

Speakers called for a renewed push to eradicate cervical cancer and other forms of cancer from the government and to provide HPV prevention as a matter of urgency.

They commended the government of Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, and the Math Medicaid Cancer Foundation for launching the State Cancer Control Program and the Cancer Fund, in addition to providing equipment for the Cancer Center at the Kalgo State Health Center.

Dr. Ashiru commended the state government in collaboration with the World Health Organization for training 14 doctors on cervical cancer diagnosis, and treatment.

Hadiza Kola, a nurse from the MCF, raises awareness about the causes of cervical cancer and its symptoms.

Source: Yahaya Sarki, Special Adviser on Social Media to the Kebbi State Governor

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