The state government of Ekiti has launched its cancer-fighting policy and plan as part of measures to provide quality and sustainable health care to citizens in the state’s 16 local government areas.
During his speech at the policy launch and flag-off ceremony at the pilot project for secondary prevention of cervical cancer in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, the Health Commissioner, Dr. Oyebanji Filani, noted that the government in partnership with development partners, free screening and treatment of approximately 5,000 women statewide.
He said the program, in partnership with the World Health Organization and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), would enable the government to prevent and control infectious diseases, “which are emerging as the leading causes of disability and premature death in our society. ”
Filani, who stated that the evidence-based policy document to be implemented over the next four years would serve as guidelines to enshrine decisions that would reduce cancer incidence and prevalence in the state.
He said: “This policy is comprehensive and focuses on four main areas, namely prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment and comprehensive palliative care, with guidelines for early detection, rapid treatment and palliative care.
“Research shows that at least one-third of cancers are preventable through lifestyle modifications, such as reducing tobacco and alcohol consumption, moderating diet and immunization against human papillomavirus and viral hepatitis B.”
At the launch of the policy paper on cancer and the free screening, the wife of the governor, Ms. Bisi Fayemi, expressed her optimism that the incoming government of Biodun Oyebanji would implement the policy to help women and girls in the state live healthy lives.
The governor’s wife advised women in the state to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the government and its partners by visiting the ten designated health facilities for cancer screening and treatment over the next six months. effective ways to reduce the scourge of the disease.
She said, ‘The plague is not a death sentence; it can be cured if detected early. We can therefore join forces to fight the hydrocephalus monster by educating people about the myths, misconceptions and misinformation surrounding cancer.”
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