Patience Jonathan seeks universal access to cervical cancer treatment in Africa

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Windhoek (Namibia) – First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, said there was need to urgently address universal access to cervical cancer prevention and in Africa. Jonathan said this at 8th conference on “Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer’’ in Africa in Windhoek, Namibia. The first lady, who presented ’s position at the confab, said the Federal Government had procured and distributed Diagnostic and Equipment to 12 Federal Hospitals as part of effort to end the scourge. “For the first time in Africa, has also introduced residency in Clinical Medical Physics in 2012 for cancer care enhancement. “This arose from the technical cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency for the conduct of the activity. “ is also in technical partnership with the agency to procure Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine equipment for 10 of our hospitals,’’ she said. According to her, the objective is to ensure improved access to early cancer diagnosis and . She said that presently, two hospitals, including the National Abuja and University College , Ibadan, offered Nuclear Medicine diagnosis and treatment of cancers. The first lady said that efforts were ongoing so that by the year 2016, the number of hospitals that could provide Nuclear Medicine would be increased to 10. She said that subsequently, hospitals that offered radiation therapy would be increased to 11. Jonathan advocated for the inclusion of cancer screening into regular family planning, and maternal health . She added that the screening must also be done at an early age.

[eap_ad_1] first lady called for health for adolescents and young adults on factors associated with cervical cancer She further called for improved access to Human Papilloma Vaccines (HPV) by girls between ages of 9 and 15 years. “There should be increased awareness and improved access to family planning and pre and post screening counseling, to prepare women for the outcome of cancer screening.’’ She expressed concern that many women had died from the disease due to late presentation of sufferers to hospitals for diagnosis and treatment. “Many of our women are adequately informed about this disease and are too poor to access care on time. “This results in the tragedy of preventable and devastation to the family.’’ She said that her office was collaborating with the Ministry of Health to sustain a dedicated National Cancer Control Programme. According to her, “our advocacy campaigns through NGO, the A. Aruera Reachout Foundation, have enabled us to achieve some significant milestones in the areas of increased awareness. ” “As Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control and Prevention in , I have relented in empowering and educating our women on the need to have regular cancer screening. “We have also helped to promote the strategic and legal framework for implementing the National Cervical Cancer Control Policy. “It outlines the road map for to control the challenge of cancer in the next few years.’’ According to the policy, girls between the ages of 9 and 15 years should be Immunised with HPV. Dignitaries at the conference included eight African first ladies, WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, and other international donors and partners. The News Agency of (NAN) reports that the conference with the theme; “Moving Forward To End Cervical Cancer by 2030: Universal Access to Cervical Cancer Prevention,’’ is the initiative of the African First Ladies and Spouses.(NAN)