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NGO urges Lagos govt to build cancer centres in divisional areas

By Josephine Agbonkhese

INNER Wheel District 911, a non-governmental organisation, has urged the Lagos State government to build cancer centers across the divisional areas in the state. Mrs. Fathiat Rufai, chairman of the District, made the appeal during a cancer roadshow campaign in Lagos recently. The campaign took off at the Ikeja Local Government Area and ended up at state House of Assembly, Alausa, Ikeja.

Members of Inner Wheel during the walk in Lagos

Rufai said the purpose of the cancer roadshow was to create awareness on cancer, especially breast cancer. “Cancer kills. It has claimed several lives in the society. We are not happy about this occurrence. We want the Lagos State Government to come to women’s aide by providing early solution/cure to this disease. We are your mothers, your wives, sisters, aunties and daughters; therefore, you need to come to our rescue in providing solutions to this disease at an early stage,” she said.

According to her, building cancer centres in the divisional areas of the state would help women have easy/quick access to intervention. Rufai appealed to members of the state House of Assembly to pass a pending bill on cancer awareness in the state. “This will help to reduce the death rate of cancer patients, as there will be easy and quick access to centres where vaccines and other drugs will be given at an early stage, “ she said.

She appealed to all women and girls not to hesitate to go for check up once they sense any strangeness on their body, and also commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on his effort in infrastructural development, health awareness and adequate security around the city. Hon. Omotayo Oyeledun, the Lagos House of Assembly Deputy Chief Whip, who received the group, expressed satisfaction over the solo roadshow on cancer awareness. Oyeledun said that a bill on cancer awareness had been forwarded to the assembly and that deliberation was still ongoing, for its quick passage into law.

Earlier, Hon. Segun Olulade, the Chairman, House Committee on Health, while also receiving the women, said the House would ensure swift passage of the cancer awareness bill into law.



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