LAPO screens 298,663 persons for cancer
A Non- Governmental Organisations , Lift Above Poverty Organizations (LAPO) recently screened 298,663community members for ailments under the LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) in Nigeria.
Executive Director LAPO, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo who said the project is aimed at mitigating the health and socio-economic implications of cancer, advised women to ascertain their health status regularly as breast and cervical cancer poses a serious threat to their lives.
Osehobo added that, “in addition, 35,716 persons also benefitted from information, enlightenment and education materials during the period.”She added that the LAPO cancer campaign project is being implemented in Lagos, Imo, Abuja, Rivers and Edo state towards reducing cancer-related deaths in Nigeria.
According to her, it consists of awareness creation, screening and referral services with the purpose of achieving prevention and early detection.Also, the organization has improved the reproductive, maternal and child health of 49,481 community members across the country with provision of health services in February with over 43,889 persons screened for various ailments including HIV, malaria, blood pressure, blood sugar and hepatitis.
Health Manager, Ayobami Honestus Obadiora who restated LAPO’s commitment to improving community access to health services said good health is key to poverty alleviation efforts.
He said the organization encourages early detection and managemement of health conditions, stressing that routine screening and health awareness by the organization has contributed significantly to a reduction in drug abuse among beneficiaries.Pregnant and nursing mothers were also sensitised during antenatal and child immunization clinic days at local health facilities and community meeting venues.
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