Niger govt offers free cervical cancer screening, treatment to 5,000 women

Governor-Abub-akar-Sani Bello -of -Niger State

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello (file photo)

By Mohammed Usman

Niger State government has organized a free cervical cancer screening and treatment of initial 5,000 women drawn from across the 25 local government areas of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

The state Governor, Alhaji Abubarkar Sani Bello, disclosed this during the flag-off of the HPV Cervical Cancer prevention services at the Neo-Natal wing of the Minna General Hospital on Monday.

Governor Bello also appealed to the head of families and religious leaders to encourage their women and daughters of reproductive age to take advantage of the offer and go out en-mass and benefit from the exercise.

He said that the gesture was part of efforts to ensure that Niger State achieved less than four new cases of cervical cancer per 100, 000 women in the state.

His words: “As a state, we are set to provide organized cervical cancer screening of initial 5,000 women of reproductive age for the HPV across the state and as well treat those with cervical precancerous lesions.

“As a government we will continue to strive to ensure that Niger State becomes one of the leading states in Nigeria to achieve less than four new cases of cervical cancer per 100, 000 women and ladies of reproductive age”.

The governor’s wife, Dr. Amina Sani Bello, had assured that the state in collaboration with WHO/CHAI/RAiSE Foundation would align with the World Health Organisation (WHO) global strategy of 90: 70: 90 of Cervical Cancer elimination.

Amina Sani Bello however added that the second phase of the exercise would be determined by the level of corporation and speed achieved in the first phase and therefore wants the targeted audience to embrace the gesture in order to remain healthy.


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