Amen Foundation partners Nigerian state to enhance cancer care

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s Amen Healthcare and Empowerment Foundation has partnered Gombe State government for the establishment of breast and cervical cancer screening and management.

Breast and cervical cancers are the most fatal cancer in women across the world with Nigeria bearing the highest burden in sub-Saharan Africa.

Health statistics show that 35 women die daily of cervical cancer while about 14,000 women also die yearly of breast cancer in Nigeria thus dire need of a pragmatic approach to eradicate the menace.

Little awareness and lack of information on cancer prevention and care leads to many late cancer diagnoses which reduces the chances of the patient’s survival.

Therefore, early cancer detection improves the chances of successful treatment which presupposes the availability of equipped facilities and health workforce.

Since most breast and cervical cancer cases are not presented in the hospitals, Amen Foundation is giving priority to the grassroots by making screening available in all the 11 local government areas of the Nigerian Federal Government.

Amen Healthcare and Empowerment Foundation, Gombe state government and Jewel Care Foundation have also joined efforts to provide healthcare training to nurses in the state especially in the handling of cancer-related ailments.

AMEN Healthcare and Empowerment Foundation President Rita Oguntoyinbo has acknowledged the contributions of the Gombe State Government to Amen Foundation in addressing health issues from neglected tropical and nontropical diseases to deadlier diseases such as cancer.

She called on eligible women to know how to perform self-breast screening for early detection and early presentation of cases to hospitals for quick treatment by nurses trained on breast and cervical cancer screening and management.

She further urged women and girls on proper intake of clean water, sanitary food handling and maintaining good personal as well as environmental hygiene as a sure way for healthy living.

Nigerian Teaching Hospital procures 15 emergency power generators

Meanwhile, the Management of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) has procured 15 new petrol-powered generators to improve electricity supply to the hospital’s sensitive units in case of power outages.

The procurement of generators seeks to address the four days warning strike recently embarked upon by the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital branch of the Association of Resident Doctors.

The newly procured generators are necessary in saving lives and keep both the clinical and administrative systems running in comparison to the smaller capacity diesel generators formerly used.

Moreover, the electricity distribution company has also increased supply to the hospital from 4 hours to 12 hours daily while the boreholes that provide water have been supplemented by water from tankers.

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