Kebbi State First Lady, Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, has again raised the awareness to the ever-present danger of Cancer, particularly decrying the unavailability of adequate data that can be referred to in the diagnosis and effective treatment of cancer patients in the country.
Dr Bagudu, who is the only African to have been elected into the board of the Union for International Cancer Control, the global body for the control of cancer, also disclosed that her foundation, which has trained hundreds of healthcare workers in Kebbi State, is moving to spread its tentacles to the six geopolitical zones of the federation.
Bagudu, who is the founder, Medicaid Cancer Foundation (MCF), speaking to journalists at a cancer awareness parley with newsmen in Abuja, explained that the 1million man Cancer Awareness Walk, slated for Saturday in Abuja, would help in creating awareness on the disease and generate funds for the expansion of the foundation’s activities.
She said that since the inception of Medicaid Cancer Foundation over 10 years ago, the body has screened over 12, 000 patients and also extended treatment support to more than 600 patients in the country. While she lamented the growing cost of cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment, the governor’s wife, however urged good spirited individuals to contribute in kind to the activities of the foundation.
“We do not always ask for cash, but for your services in kind”, Mrs Bagudu said.
On her part, chief operating officer of the MCF, Dr Suraiya Mansur Mohammed, expressed optimism that Dr Bagudu’s new position would assist in cancer control in Nigeria.
“Recently, the founder got elected to the board of Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). This is the leading body in cancer control throughout the world. She is the first to be elected to that seat in the whole of Africa and we are sure that with her current position on the board, she will be able to impact positively on the status of patients and improve on cancer control in Nigeria and the entire continent”, she said.
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