As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), the Association of Professional Women Bankers of Nigeria (APWB),has flagged off cervical cancer sensitization and screening programme for market women.
Speaking at the take-off of the programme in Sabo model market in Lagos,APWBâ€™s Chairman, Mrs Taiwo Ige, noted that the associationâ€™s decision to sponsor the exercise was informed by the low level of awareness of the deadly disease at the grassroots, adding that enlightenment and awareness creation was imperative to enable the ordinary Nigerians know great threat and danger posed by the disease.
Ige, represented by Chairperson, Dinner Committee,Olabisi Aderonmu, added that they were quite encouraged with the response of the people to the screening exercise, stressing that it proved that most people at the grass roots had little or no knowledge of the deadly disease.
By Yinka Kolawole
Speaking in the same vein,APWBâ€™s Event Manager,Mr.Olukorede Oluwole, said the campaign is part of the associationâ€™s community based projects, adding that it is a build up programme toward the associationâ€™s annual dinner next month.
Outreach Officer, National Cervical Cancer Prevention Programme (NCCPP),Mrs Rita Owemene,said campaign for awareness,screening, treatment and vaccination of the cervical cancer was imperative, stressing that early detection was important as over 630 million people worldwide die of the Human Papillo Virus (HPV) yearly. She called on Nigerians to embrace the screening exercise to prevent avoidable death. Over 100 market women benefitted from the exercise.