The Ogun State Government says it has scheduled detection and treatment of cervical and breast cancer in the list of health care priorities for the year 2021.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker made this known during the flag-off of free breast and cervical screening awareness programme in Abeokuta, organised by the Wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun in commemoration of 2020 Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Coker, who revealed that 51 percent of Nigeria’s cancer cases result in death compared to the United States of America, which stands at 19 percent, said government at all levels was cognizant of the need to scale up awareness on the disease and roll out sustainable interventions as a matter of urgency.
She disclosed that her Ministry has taken into account, cancer management in the 2021 Annual Operational Plan for the Health sector, adding that focus would be on breast and cervical cancer which are the most common types among women in Nigeria.
The Commissioner added that cancer awareness would be incorporated into the routine health promotion messages in all facilities across the State, to promote early detection and the survival rate of women.
“In Nigeria, cancer is responsible for 72,000 deaths and 102,000 new cases annually. It is worthy to note that breast and cervical cancer are two types responsible for approximately 50.3 percent of all cancer cases in Nigeria occurring among women.
“Particularly challenging is the mortality incidence ratio of cancer for Nigeria when compared to other Nations. As a result, Nigeria presently has its National Cancer plan for year 2018-2022, which spelt out the road map for cancer intervention in Nigeria.
While appreciating Mrs. Abiodun and the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter, for collaborating with the State government on awareness and screening, Coker called on women across the State to take advantage of the programme.
In a goodwill message, the President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Ogun State branch, Dr. Yinka Elemide appreciated Wife of the State Governor and Ministry of Health for joining the world to create awareness for breast cancer, saying her association would continue to support the State government’s policy on health.