Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has flagged off the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) screening and Cervical Cancer prevention services in Minna the state capital.
The exercise was flagged off on Monday at the Jummai Babangida Maternal and Neo-natal Hospital Minna .
The center according to Mary Noel Barje The CPS to the Governor, will benefit over five thousand women across nine local government areas in the state as a pilot scheme is designed to reduce the prevalence rate of Cancer which is a global menace in the state.
The Governor who also reiterated his administration’s continuous support to the State University, in the area of research in cancer and other life-threatening diseases., maintained that providing good health care facilities and services in the state will continue to be a priority to his administration hence the budget estimates for health sector in 2022 was significantly captured.
“I have been briefed by my Commissioner for Health on the situation of the State on the prevalence level of Cancer. I am glad to inform you that we have already set in motion apparatus to remedy the situation as well as meeting the target set by the World Health Organisation (WHO)” he said.
Governor Sani Bello further assured that his government will continue to work towards improving some of the negative health indices in the state even as he maintained that Health Care Delivery has witnessed significant changes in his administration.
The Governor commended the Commissioner for health, staff of the Ministries and all development partners particularly CHAI, WHO, RAiSE FOUNDATION and PPFN for their efforts and contributions to better the health sector in the state.
The wife of the Niger State Governor, Dr Amina Abubakar Bello who also disclosed that cervical cancer is the 4th leading cause of death among women affecting about 1.4 million women and the most common cancer with women living with HIV, explained that about 80 per cent of cancer occur in the low-and-middle-income countries including Nigeria, adding that at the global stage, the World Health Organization (WHO) is working towards the elimination of cervical cancer to achieve less than four new cases per 100, 000 women.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Muhammad Makusidi noted that the project is in collaboration with the WHO, CHAI and RAiSE foundation pointing out that 15 state trainers and 100 healthcare workers from primary, secondary as well as tertiary healthcare facilities across the state have been trained on Cervical Cancer Prevention Services,
He said 10 healthcare facilities across the state will be used adding that consumables worth millions of naira have been procured to ensure smooth takeoff.
The 9 local government areas to commence the services are Chanchaga, Paikoro, Bosso, Gbako, Borgu, Suleja, Kontagora, Lapai and Mokwa Local government areas of the state.