Lagos State First Lady, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu on Thursday rolled out the state government’s ambitious exercise designed to generate demand and screen 210,000 women for cervical cancer in Lagos State free of charge by the end of 2021.
Speaking at the roll out held at Rauf Aregbesola Primary Healthcare Centre, Mosan-Okunola in Alimosho as part of activities to commemorate Year 2021 World Cancer Day, the First Lady said the screening would be held free of charge across 62 health facilities in the state until the end of the year.
“Through the statewide cervical cancer secondary prevention program, the state government intends to provide free cervical screening and if abnormalities or pre-cancer stages are detected, such will be treated free of charge in over 62 healthcare facilities in the state.
“The goal of the administration of Mr Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is to ensure that cervical cancer is eliminated in Lagos State and Nigeria. All women – no matter where they live, their income, their race or their level of education – will be allowed to get screened at no cost and lead healthier lives,” she said.
The First Lady urged the people to spread the message and ensure that the negative narrative with regards to cancer is altered for good in the state and country.
“In line with this year’s theme: “I Am And I Will,” we must understand that early detection and treatment are critical to prevent cancer-related deaths. This is why we must spread the message, mobilize for action and change the narrative through collective action to ensure that no woman develops cervical cancer, let alone die from it,” she said.
Besides, she commended the Lagos State Ministry of Health, the Primary Healthcare Board, Sebeccly Cancer Care and the Clinton Health Access Initiative for their commitment to wage war against cancer in the state.