By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Wife of the Bayelsa State Governor, Mrs. Alayingi Sylva, yesterday pledged to support efforts at ensuring early detection of breast and cervical cancer among women in the state.
Mrs. Sylva who disclosed this after leading a one-kilometre walk against cancer to flag-off a 4-day international cancer week in the state, with the theme: Towards a Cancer-Free Bayelsa State, regretted the loss of lives due to cancer.
About three hundred secondary school girls drawn from eight schools in the state capital participated in the awareness campaign walk.
In her address Mrs. Sylva stressed the need to save the lives of innocent girls and women, who were ignorant of the disease.
Mrs. Sylva emphasized the need for more awareness to women, particularly young girls, adding that her NGO, Centre for Gender Value and Culture, was committed to building healthy youths and promoting the well-being of the people.
She called on the women and adolescent girls to take advantage of the vaccination and screening in the course of the celebration within the week.
In her presentation, Dr. Rosemary Ogu, of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, advised the girls to take special care of their health and make themselves available for the cancer screening.
Also speaking, the principal of St. Judes Girls Secondary School, Amarata, Yenagoa, Mrs. Beniere Ifidi, commended the initiative of the wife of the Governor to extend the awareness campaign against cancer to secondary schools for young girls.
An SS3 student of the Government Girls Secondary School, Kaima, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, Ipeba Prieye, said the cancer education was timely to enable them appreciate the danger of having breast and cervical cancer.
She promised to spread the message and educate other students on the matter up to the grass root level.
The week long activities will feature several lectures, vaccination and screening of girls and women for cancer..