The Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Social Welfare, Anambra State Honourable Mrs Ify Obinabo, says women should always protect themselves from cervical cancer by going for screening for early detection of the disease.
This, she said during the annual healthcare outreach organized for staff members of the ministry by the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN)
Mrs Obinabo, while speaking, enumerated some of the advantages of the exercise to include early detection of the disease and proper administration of medication by health experts and sensitization of staff by health experts on the need to go for screening. She assured that the exercise would soon be carried out in every community in the state.
The Women’s and Social Welfare boss further urged participants to step down the knowledge garnered through sensitization by proximity.
Speaking while educating everyone on the importance of cervical and prostate cancer screening, the Anambra State Programme Officer, PPFN, Lady Ifeoma Ejiofor, and a medical officer from General Hospital, Nawgu, Dr Chidimma Josephine Oluor, explained that it was important for anyone who had not been sexually active to take the cervical cancer vaccines in order to prevent having the disease and urged others who had been active to avail themselves of the opportunity by going for the screening to know their status.
Some staff members of the ministry who benefitted from the free cervical and prostate cancer screening, including Chidimma Omile and Victor Ibem, thanked the commissioner and the association for what they termed a wonderful collaboration, especially as it concerned their health.
Present during the exercise were the permanent secretary of the ministry, some directors in the ministry and other staff members.
Participants were seen taking turns to get tested and screened.