Thursday, May 18, 2017
Medik247, an international network of medical professionals, just flagged off free cervical cancer screening for 100 women in Abuja. This is following the awareness campaign launched on Saturday the 13th of May for increase in the level of public awareness about the dangers of cervical cancer in women and preventive measures against the disease in Nigeria.
Speaking during the cervical screening flag off in Abuja, the Founder/ CEO of Medik247 International, Dr. Obioma Nwuba said that private partnerships such as that between Medik247 & Medicaid Cancer Foundation should be encouraged and used as a driving force to control the escalating effect of increasing new cases of cervical cancer and the dangers it portends for women and the economy of the country.
Dr. Nwuba went further to emphasize that cervical cancer is preventable and all hands should be on deck to stamp out the disease. He noted that this cervical cancer awareness campaign and free screening was an initiative set to commemorate the 2017 International Women’s day and also Mothers’ Day in Nigeria. He called on the government, private organizations and public-spirited individuals to support initiatives aimed at making cervical cancer screening readily available to women in Nigeria.
While commending Medicaid Cancer Foundation for collaborating with Medik247 on the free Cervical Cancer Screening, he said that more Nigerians should join in the effort to stem the rise in cases of cervical cancer, stressing that no investment is too much in ensuring affordable and widespread cervical cancer screening centers in Nigeria.
Also speaking, the Chief Coordinating Officer Medicaid Cancer Foundation, Dr. Suraiya Mansur Mohammed noted that the Foundation is interested in the health and wellbeing of Nigerians, especially in the areas of disease prevention. She said the Foundation is supporting this exercise to raise awareness about cervical cancer prevention through free screening because of the threat it poses to women whom she noted accounts for greater percentage of the Country’s population and therefore plays very active roles in nation’s economy.
She commended Medik247 for this great initiative and promised that the Foundation will continue to support worthy initiatives that are aimed at improving the health and well-being of Nigerians.
The screening which is carried out at Medicaid Radio-Diagnotics Center, Wuse 2, Abuja, starts today the 18th of May and ends on the 22nd of May.