By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The incidence of cancer which is currently rampant among Nigerian women may soon become a thing of the past as the Lagos State government is poised to stem the tide.
Last week, the state government declared its readiness to work in collaboration with prominent Nollywood stars to educate the people in respect of how they will take proactive measures towards early detection and treatment of cancer.
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Princess Adejoke Orelope Adefulire who made this disclosure while hosting members of the Nollywood Actresses for Change, led by Chief Mrs Rachael Oniga, said the important roles of entertainment and education which the Nollywood actresses play makes them viable agents of change and medium of public enlightenment.
Hon. Orelope-Adefulire in company of other top government officials stated that there is urgent need for the state government to embark on awareness campaign programme that is geared towards educating the residents especially women on various preventive methods to avoid contact with the deadly disease, which she noted was rampant among women.
According to her, “there is an urgent need to address the issue of cancer considering the fact that our people are not well educated on how they could prevent it or where to go for regular medical check- up for early detection of its existence in the body.”
The deputy Governor explained that the state government is making frantic efforts at eradicating the menace of cancer in the state, adding that the government has established medical and tests centres in local government areas where women can visit regularly for check-ups and treatment on cervical and breast cancer.
Earlier in her remark, the leader of the delegation, actress Rachael Oniga explained that the body was willing to complement government efforts in eradicating diseases and poverty in the state .