BY HEMBADOON ORSAR MAKURDI
As Part of activities to mark World Cancer day celebration, the Medical women Association of Nigeria, Benue State Branch has Screened and tested Five Hundred women for Cervical Cancer
The president of the Association Dr Laadi Swende in an interview with our correpondent explained that after the screening and testing exercise 19 out of the Five Hundred women have suspected Lesion.
“After today’s screening and testing, those who have Cervical changes different from normal cells, we will immediately commence a Thermal Ablation for them, but those who don’t fall in this category but have other Cervical changes that are suggestive of Cancer will be refer to Specialist for further investigation and there they will be responsible for their treatment” she added.
Dr. Swende, however commended Benue Women for turning out in their large numbers for the screening which she said will help in no small measures in the prevention, early detection and treatment of Cervical Cancer.
“We are so encourage by this year’s turn out for the screening, the turn out simply means our awareness creation and campaigns over the years have yield a positive result because like last year the whole Four Months of our Screening and testing, saw about 350 women but just today we have screen over 350 Women already”
She disclosed that after the screening on the World Cancer day, they will commenced a Monthly screening at the Federal Medical Centre Màkurdi and other designated places across the State that will be announced in due course to enable all women in urban and rural areas to know their Cervical Cancer Status.
“The Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Benue State Branch in partnership with Eunice Spring of Life Foundation, a pet project of the wife of the Benue State Governor Dr Eunice Ortom and other 16 Non Governmental Organisations to ensure that every Month over 1000 Women are screened and tested for Cervical Cancer to reduce mortality due to late presentation that often lead to complications”
While warning against unprotected Sex and Multiple partners, Dr Swende informed that 90 per cent of Cervical Cancer is transmitted through Sexual Intercourse.
Declaring the exercise open, which has a theme ‘I can and I Will’ at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Màkurdi, (BSUTH) Dr Ortom called on all Stakeholders in the Health Sector and all citizens to join hands in the fight against the dreaded disease.
Represented by Time Agernor, Dr Eunice said her foundation will continue to support the treatment of Cancer patients, which it has been doing over the years, urging citizens to always avail themselves for Cancer Screening and testing, adding that early detection of the Virus will help in the treatment and possible cure of the Cancer.
According to her, “reports by the World Health Organisations indicated that Seventy-Two Thousand people die of Cancer in Nigeria every year,while Two hundred People particularly women die of Cancer everyday”