Community Women Benefit From Hicare Free Cervical Cancer Screening
-Also provides hypertension, breast cancer tests and free drugs
An health-based organization, Hicare Health Nigeria marked the 2016 Cervical Cancer month with a programme to sensitize the community women in Ikorodu Division on danger of cervical cancer and to also provide free screening.
The event which was collaboration with a leading cancer foundation in Nigeria, Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, took place on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the Ikorodu Local Government Secretariat hall also featured sensitization programme on LASSA fever, enlightenment on breast cancer/free screening and screening for hypertension.
Speaking at the event which was attended by about 100 participants, Mr Adedoyin Eniola, the Managing Consultant/Chief Executive Officer, Hicare Health said that the programme was organized to sensitize and screen the women in the community of the second most deadly cancer in the world that affects women.
“Cervical cancer is the world’s second most common cancer that affects women. It is a cancer of the cervix ‘the neck of the womb, a reproductive organ of a women which is caused by an infection related to a common virus called human papilloma virus (HPV) and women that are sexually active of all ages, not just older women are at risk of the deadly cancer.”
He explained that not all HPV infection causes cancer but added that better awareness for women on regular cervical screening and vaccination will allow women to detect symptoms of the cervical cancer early for proper treatment.
Mr Adedoyin who stated that the core objectives of the Hicare Health is to sentize and help people imbibe the culture of healthy and good living, also assured that more people including men will benefit in the subsequent edition.
Mr Adeshina Wasiu, the executive secretary, Ikorodu Local Government and chairman of the occasion, in his remarks commended the organizer for assisting the government in not only creating awareness on deadly diseases and the need for citizenry especially at the community to live healthily but also providing screening and free drugs.
While assuring that the local government will fully involve in partnering with Hicare Health in subsequent programmes, he also enjoined beneficiaries to religiously follow prescription and drugs given.
Speaking on cervical cancer, Mrs Faderera said that cervical cancer is the most deadly disease killing women very fast in Nigeria and prescribed constant test and the use of HPV vaccine for prevention.
“At times, the patience will not even know that she is suffering from the deadly disease until serious damage would have been done which is why it is important for women to go for screening and application of vaccine.”
She recommended that girls from 10years old should start taking HPV vaccine to prevent the deadly cancer disease.
Dr Faderera also spoke on hypertension, breast cancer and LASSA fever and enjoined participants to take good living lifestyle and clean environment matters seriously.
Free screening on cervical cancer was done for women while all the participants benefitted from free hypertension screening and drugs. HPV drug was also provided for interested participants at subsidized rate.
The Special Adviser on Arts & Culture, Hon. (Mrs) Adebimpe Akinsola while speaking with THE IMPACT commended the organizer for helping the government in sensitizing the people at the community level on need for constant medical check-up; need for good and healthy lifestyle and clean environment so as to improve lagosians standard of living.
Mrs Akinsola who was represented at the event by her Personal Assistant (Political), Mr Shakiru Seidu also enjoined Ikorodu residents to always clean their environment and keep to instruction regarding government directives on how to prevent LASSA fever.
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