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Group supports children with Cancer

By Gbenga Akinfenwa and Ijeoma Thomas-Odia
13 November 2021   |   2:48 am
Members of a non-governmental organisation, NBM of Africa, Egypt Chapter, have visited the country’s Children Cancer Hospital in Cairo.

[FILES] Bamidele Abiodun

Ogun Governor’s Wife Harps On Early Detection In Women

Members of a non-governmental organisation, NBM of Africa, Egypt Chapter, have visited the country’s Children Cancer Hospital in Cairo.

Led by the chapter’s president, Mr. Theophilus Uzor, they provided relief materials and gave 5,000 Egyptian pounds (approximately N200,000) to offset the bills of some children in the hospital.

The chapter promised to regularly carry out programmes that improve lives in any community that its members live in.

The NBM team was received by the Head of Unit, Fundraising, Department of Corporate Relations of the Children’s Cancer Hospital Foundation, Cairo, Mrs. Noha Soliman, who commended them for the gesture, noting that cancer patients need support from the public and their families.

In a related development, as the number of casualties from cancer increases daily, the wife of Ogun State governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, has enjoined all women to ascertain their status so as to ensure prompt treatment and curb the spread of the disease to other parts of the body.

Abiodun, who gave the advice yesterday during the ongoing breast cancer awareness programme organised by her pet project, Ajose Foundation and Medical Women Association, Ogun State branch, held at the Maternity Centre, Ward 9, Ilisan, Remo, said early detection and treatment were very essential to avert untimely death.

She said: “As a woman, you have sacrificed so much for your families, your communities, please, don’t sacrifice your health too. Take advantage of this opportunity for free screening because they say that once you can detect cancer quickly before it spreads, it is easy to treat.

“By the special grace of God, we will reach all our women in the 20 local councils in the four divisions of the state with this campaign. All we are asking you to do is to know your status so that we can quickly get treatment if necessary.”

She appreciated all associations and partners that had continued to support her initiatives, promising her continuous efforts at combating the disease among women in the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, in her address, said available statistics put the death of women with breast and cervical cancer at 29,000 yearly and 70 daily, a rate she described as alarming.

She identified lack of exercise, obesity and poor diet as some of the factors contributing to cancer, emphasising that early detection would make treatment cheaper and effective.

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