Women in Taraba State again have a cause to smile as the T. Y Danjuma Foundation in collaboration with the Child Survival Development Organisation of Nigeria (CSDON), has embarked on a free Cancer Screening and Treatment in the State.
Flagging Off the programme at the Taraba State Specialist Hospital Jalingo, wife of the Taraba State Governor, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku stated that no woman should die of Cancer.
She emphasised the need for more efforts to be put into boosting awareness as well as treatment support, especially at the grassroots.
Barr. Anna Ishaku who described as worrisome the statistics of 1 out of every 25 Nigerian women dying as a result of Breast Cancer, commended efforts of the TY Danjuma Foundation and CSDON in supporting the fight against Cancer, stressing that it is critically important for such collaborations to be replicated across the Nation coupled with Government established Healthcare Initiatives and well equipped Health Care System to aid Cancer testing and treatment in the Country.
She then Flagged-Off the programme to the glory of God and to the Health of the women.
Speaking earlier, the President CSDON, Barr. Onari Duke appreciated the pivotal role of the TY Danjuma Foundation in given Hope and Succour to the less privileged and the State Government for the warm reception and support accorded them.
Mrs Duke stated that the aim of her Organisation is to partner with the Government, Individuals, and Non-Governmental Organisations to reduce to the barest minimum, Maternal and Child Mortality rates.
She stressed that Cancer should not be dreaded as it is not contagious, neither is it something to be ashamed of, as early detection and treatment can prevent death, urging women to ensure they are checked.
The CSDON President assured them of support from the Governor’s wife as well as the Hospital.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai stated that Breast and Cervical Cancer remains one of the leading causes of deaths among women globally, adding that, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), has revealed that 30 Nigerian women die every day of Breast Cancer while one dies every hour of Cervical Cancer.
The Commissioner said, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) during a recent ‘World Health Day’, recommended a scale-up of Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness and Screening Initiative which has resulted to the programme that is being held presently.
In her remarks, the representative of the TY Danjuma Foundation, Miss Funmi Ajala appreciated the State Government for creating an enabling environment for their operations in the State as well as applauded CSDON for partnering with them to implement projects that have a direct bearing on the lives of the people.
The Chief Medical Director,Taraba State Specialist Hospital, Dr Rimamde Ubandoma, while applauding both Organisations for organising such a programme, expressed delight over the level of awareness being carried out in the State against Cancer, stressing that the State has never had it so good in terms of women’s health.
He commended efforts of the Hope Afresh Foundation, Taraba and Taraba State Ministry of Health for organising similar programmes and for also carrying out free medical treatment for the less privileged in the State.
He further appreciated the State Government for the support enjoyed by the Hospital and pledged their resolve to do everything possible to uphold the confidence reposed in them.