Founder of Medicaid Cancer Foundation and Wife of Kebbi State governor, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu has called on the Federal Ministry of Health, and other stakeholders particularly the private sector to provide free cervical cancer vaccines for young boys and girls. She made the call yesterday during the foundation’s second annual summit in Abuja. The theme of the three day summit is ‘Surveillance of cancer survival in low resource settings.’ “One of the ways of reducing the incidence of cancer in Nigeria is to make available free cervical cancer vaccines for young girls and boys before they become sexually active. The models used for polio vaccination can be easily adapted,” she said. She said another important approach is to increase investments in research and clinical trials for cancer. She called on tertiary institutions of learning and research to network and provide enabling environment for the country’s brilliant scientists. Dr Bagudu said having better statistics is a precursor for better cancer care, adding that it inspired the series of summits the foundation has had on the process of cancer registration, as well as setting up two cancer registries in Kebbi State. Kebbi State governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu said Nigeria has done well in its efforts against cancer but could still do more. While calling on Nigerians to adopt healthy lifestyles to reduce the burden of cancer, he said those living with it should not to be afraid because the disease is not a death sentence. Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari commended Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu for her efforts in advocacy , supporting those living with cancer and mobilizing stakeholders against the disease, adding that her efforts has saved many lives. Represented by Mrs Paullen Tallen, she called on well-meaning Nigerians to support the foundation to save more lives from the disease. Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole who was represented by Dr. David Atuwo, National Coordinator, National Cancer Control Program of the ministry said cancer registration is a vital tool for planning and provision of cancer care. He called on the private sector to support government in improving cancer care in the country. Highlights of the event was the launch of a book authored by Dr Bagudu titled ‘ABC of Cancer’.
Daily Trust News