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Breast cancer: Ondo approves 50 health facilities for free clinical examination

Kemi Olatunde

50 health facilities have been designated by government to provide free clinical breast examination to residents of Ondo State.

This is In line with the determination of the Governor’s of Ondo State, Lucky Ayedatiwa to provide quality, efficient and accessible health care for the people of the state

Permanent secretary of Ondo State Ministry of Health Dr Niran Ikuomola stated this during a one day capacity building of health workers on Clinical breast Examination in Akure.

According to him, 67 health workers have been trained in all the 18 Local Government Areas in the state to provide the service in the facilities adding that it would help in early detection of breast cancer and also strengthen breast examination in facilities to reduce the scourge of breast cancer in the state.

He said: “Breast cancer is fast becoming a public health concern as about 14,000 women die annually. The alarming rate women in the state are coming down with cancer at the terminal stage is quite worrisome to the government of Ondo state”

“Breast cancer is treatable when detected early but when it is at the terminal stage, it takes the grace of God. Breast self examination is the easiest way to go. We urge women in our state to learn it and teach every woman around them. Access this service in our designated facilities.”

He charged participants to create awareness about breast cancer in their various facilities and also step down the training to all women that they come in contact with in their respective facilities.

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Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Mr Adewale Moses lauded the effort of government saying it would compliment their cervical cancer screening exercises where many cervical cancer cases at different stages were detected , treated and referred as the case might be.

The resource person for the capacity building, Dr ( Mrs) Ndidi Okunnuga of the University of Medical Science teaching Hospital noted that breast cancer is a major scourge among women in Nigeria adding that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that about 250,000 cases of breast cancer are seen every year in Nigeria and about 10,000 people die annually as a result of cancer

She explained further that Nigeria has the highest cases of death from breast cancer in Africa and there are increasing incidence of breast cancer among Nigerian women

She lauded the effort of the Ondo State Ministry of health in training health worker saying it would boost the knowledge and awareness among health workers in the state and also help in early detection of the disease.

Dr Okunnuga urged the participants to passionately step down the training to every woman they come across saying it is the cheapest means of early detection.

Director Public Health, Ondo State Ministry of Health , Dr Stephen Fagbemi said a referral booklet had been provided to track new cases of breast cancer for immediate medical help.

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