June 11, 2009

Don advocates free screening, treatment for cancer patients

By Dennis Agbo

ABAKALIKI—A consultant Surgeon with the Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital, (EBSUTH), Abakaliki, Prof Esther Ajuluchukwu, has called on governments at all level to establish and provide machines that would be used to detect early breast cancers and complement it by providing free treatment to affected women.

Prof. Ajuluchukwu said that the rising cases of deaths as a result of complications arising from breast cancer has become worrisome and urged the federal, states and local government administrations to rise to the challenge by providing funds as currently being done in the case of HIV/AIDS.

The Surgeon spoke, yesterday, at a one day Breast Cancer awareness and sensitization workshop organised by the Rotary International, District 9140, in Abakaliki, where she stressed that until enough resources were channeled to the fight against breast cancer, more women and even men will continue to be at risk.

She emphasized that time has come for government at the federal, state and local government levels to make provision for free screening and treatment of breast cancer.