By Winifred Ogbebo, Abuja
Medik247, an international network of medical and health professionals, has called for increase in the level of public awareness about the dangers of cervical cancer in women and prevention measures against rising cases of the disease in Nigeria.
Speaking during the Awareness Walk on Cervical Cancer Screening in Abuja at the weekend, the managing director of Medik247, Dr Obioma Nwuba, said there is an urgent need to sensitize the public on the rising cases of cervical cancer to mitigate the dangers it portends for women and the economy of the country.
Dr Nwuba, who noted that the awareness walk was to sensitize the public ahead of the nationwide free cervical cancer screening in commemoration of the 2017 Mothers’ Day in Nigeria also called on the government, private organizations and public-spirited individuals to support initiatives aimed at making cervical cancer screening readily available to women in Nigeria. He described cervical cancer as preventable and enjoined everyone to support efforts to prevent it.
While commending the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and the Business and Professional Women in Nigeria for collaborating with
Medik247 on the Awareness Walk for Cervical Cancer Screening in Nigeria, he said that more Nigerians should join in the effort to stem the rise in cases of cervical cancer, stressing that no amount of investment will be too little or too much in raising the level of awareness about cervical cancer screening in Nigeria.
Also speaking, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr. Boboi Oyeyemi represented by the Head of
Administration and Human Resource, Chidi Nwachukwu noted that the FRSC is concerned about the health and wellbeing of Nigerians, especially the women folk. He said the Commission is supporting the campaign to raise awareness about cervical cancer screening because of the threat it poses to women whom he noted accounts for more than half of the population of Nigeria and plays very active roles in nation’s economy.
He commended the organisers and promised that the commission will continue to support worthy initiatives that are aimed at improving the living condition of Nigerians.
On her part, Dr Ustalo Dupe, president of the Business and Professional Women in Nigeria, Abuja chapter, thanked participants in the awareness walk for taking awareness about the scourge of cervical cancer