Wife of the Borno State governor and founder, Support for Women, Orphans and Tsangaya, SWOT, Foundation, Hajiya
Nana Kashim Shettima on Thursday distributed kits for prevention and detection of cancer at early stage to wives of the 27 local government caretaker chairmen for onward
delivery to targeted beneficiaries across the state.
Presenting the kits at a one-day Cancer Awareness and Enlightenment Campaign for stakeholders held at the Multi Purpose Hall, Government House, Maiduguri, Hajiya Shettima said cancer disease which had become deadly, especially among the women folk in the state, was worrisome, hence the
need for government at all levels to contribute their own quota towards its prevention and eradication from the society.
She said her office as the Borno first lady was having more concern on the health status of women, orphans, girl-child and the less privileges, hence the need to take campaign against preventable diseases such as breast cancer to the people at the
Mrs Shttima noted that October every year is the month set aside as Cancer Day globally, and her office organised such day to enlighten the general public on how best to prevent breast cancer and other related ailments that have become rampant
among women and the less privileged in the society.
“Cancer as we all know is a deadly disease; statistics shows that millions of people die globally. In Nigeria alone more than 7,000 people are being infected annually due to lack of proper awareness on its prevention.
“We should not allow this to continue. I want to renew my call on all stakeholders, particularly the wives of our local government caretaker chairmen here present to go back to their various wards and communities and organise similar programme towards enlightening our people against cancer and its eradication.
The guest speaker, Dr. Babagana Usman from the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH, in his brief remarks thanked Hajiya Shettima for organising the programme.
He said some women were more vulnerable to cancer in the state because of deprivation by their husbands who were misled by certain norms and values of their religion, culture and tradition, and therefore urged participants to take awareness
campaign against the scourge to nooks and crannies of the state.
Also contributing, the former Commissioner for Health and now director (Project), Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Salma Anas-Kolo said the federal government under President Muhammad Buhari was fully committed to the fight against cancer and promised to support each state towards prevention and eradication of the disease.
In her vote of thanks on behalf of the wives of the caretaker chairmen, the wife of caretaker chairman of Kala Balge Council Area whose people are now taking refuge in various camps in Maiduguri as a result of insurgency, Hajiya Hadiza Babagana Malarima expressed gratitude for the organisers of the programme and pledged to take the campaign to the internally
displaced persons who were living in camps or their relatives, as well judiciously distribute the kits to the targeted.

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