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Total Nigeria to donate two mammogram centres to Lagos



The General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria, Charles Ngeribara has disclosed plans by the organisation to donate two mammogram centres at the Gbagada and Isolo General hospitals to the Lagos State government.
This move, he said, was part of Total’s efforts to advocate breast cancer prevention, one of the commonest among women and also to provide services at highly subsided cost.
According to him, the intervention will encourage simple measures like breast examination and mammography test by women at least on a yearly basis, in order to ensure early diagnosis and treatment.
He noted that just as Total has a series of activities as part of its CSR, health was part of what is paramount to them and it is necessary for them to impact their host communities through some of these projects.
He added that the two centres at the aforementioned hospitals would be commissioned before the end of May and handed to the state government.
Ngeribara, who represented the Managing Director, Total E and P, Nigeria, Nicolas Terraz, at a breast cancer awareness campaign in Lagos, also revealed that two other centres have been completed in Zamfara state, with construction at different levels in Imo, and Bayelsa states, adding that, “the aim is to have one centre in each geopolitical zone and every state ultimately; so, we are working as our budget permits.” 
The Total CSR boss, who didn’t disclose the cost of the projects, said the projects offer benefits to the communities in which they operate. 
“We believe that these would provide easily available and highly subsidised mammography services with image guided breast lump biopsy capability to Nigerian women and also, our hope is that by bringing diagnostic facilities nearer to them/”, they would be saved from the danger of living with undetected breast lumps or undiagnosed breast cancer,” he remarked. 
Some of the women who came for the examination told The Guardian they had never taken a breast examination before and lauded the move by Total in creating such awareness.


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