The Steering Committee of the Kebbi State Strategic Cancer Control, in its efforts to sensitise key stakeholders and the general public on its work plan and key activities, has paid a courtesy visit to the emir of Gwandu, and chairman Kebbi State Council of Chiefs, Maj.Gen (Dr) Muhammad Illiyasu Bashar (rtd) at the Abdullahi Fodio Palace, Birnin Kebbi.
The committee revealed that it is poised to screen no fewer than 5,000 women for cervical cancer across the state.
LEADERSHIP reports that the committee is co-chaired by the wife of the state governor, Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu and the state commissioner for health, Hon Jafar Mohammed.
This is contained in a statement by the permanent secretary, Kebbi State Ministry of Health, Pharm Ibrahim Maigandi Hassan and made available to journalists.
According to the statement the commissioner for health, Jafar Mohammed, enumerated the various achievements recorded by the administration of Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu in cancer control which include; the establishment of the cancer registries; establishment of state cancer control plan; inauguration of the steering as well as the cancer technical committees to actualise the plan; establishment of a Chemotherapy Unit and Oncology laboratory, Oncology ward; Cancer Pharmacy- all in Kebbi Medical Centre Kalgo.
He also noted the Kebbi Indigent Cancer Fund which has recorded tremendous successes and is still making impact without any hiatus in terms of cancer patient care and treatment, the CAP (Chemotherapy Access Programme) initiated by the federal government which the First Lady successfully advocated to bring to Kebbi State.
He intimated the emir about the plan to screen an initial 5000 women across 11 LGAs for cervical cancer, saying that this is a joint partnership with CHAI, WHO, Medicaid Cancer Foundation and the Kebbi State Government. He noted that breast cancer and prostate cancer programmes supported by Roche, Johnson & Johnson and Kebbi State government have since commenced and patients benefit from free drugs for these cancers.
The commissioner attributed the achievements to the strong will and unassailable support of Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu.
The emir assured the delegates of maximum support in any programme that is geared towards alleviating his people’s sufferings and thanked the governor and his wife for initiating various laudable programmes. He tasked the committee on continuous enlightenment on cancer causes and prevention.