IN its determined efforts to reduce the prevalence and deaths associated with Cervical Cancer in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) is poised to scale-up Cervical Cancer Screening with the ultimate aim of providing opportunity for the average Nigerian woman aged 35 years and above to access cervical cancer screening at least once in her lifetime irrespective of her location, social or economic background.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), without an effective response, by 2030 almost half a million women will die of cervical cancer, with over 98 per cent of these deaths expected to occur in the low and middle-income countries, including Nigeria, stressing that a total of 9,659 deaths are recorded in Nigeria every year through cervical cancer which is preventable.
A statement issued by Dr. Oluwole A. Daini, of Nigeria National Cervical Cancer Screening Scale-Up Project (NNCCSuP) said, all stakeholders comprising government institutions, development partners, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and healthcare service delivery institutions in cancer and other health-related programmes in Nigeria would meet to put in place a framework that can actualize the aim of ensuring that every Nigerian woman aged 35 years and above access cervical cancer screening at least once in her lifetime irrespective of her location or social or economic background in Nigeria, as part of the strategy to achieve the objectives of Nigeria National Cervical Cancer Screening Scale-Up Project (NNCCSuP).
Daini said, “This is a serious cause of worry, more especially that cervical cancer is preventable. Studies have shown that countries that have high coverage of cervical cancer screening have significantly reduced the incidence and mortality (deaths) from cervical cancer over the past seven decades. It is therefore envisaged that doing same in Nigeria can produce similar results.”
As part of the programme, which is slated for 5th – 6th of October 2015 in Abuja, which will be declared open by the wife of the President, Her Excellency Aisha Muhammadu Buhari with the theme ‘The Roles of the Media in the Prevention and Management of Cervical Cancer and other Raging Cancers in Nigeria’.
By Segun Olaniyi
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