NYSC Offers Free Cervical Cancer Screening To Women In Oshodi-Isolo Community Screening

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has commenced a five-day free cervical cancer screening for women as a measure to prevent cervical cancer from being the second leading cancer prevalent in females in Nigeria.

Dr. Kenneth Nworie, a corp member and organiser of the outreach, said that the programme targeting 500 women, is open to ages 25 to 60 who have not been screened, especially in the last three years.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the flag-off of the screening, held from Dec. 12 to Dec. 16, was performed on Monday by Mrs Yetunde Baderinwa, NYSC Coordinator, Lagos, at Ajibulu Health Centre, Oshodi-Isolo.

Nworie said cervical cancer is the only female cancer that can be nearly 100 per cent prevented which, according to him, is the idea behind the initiative of the screening.

“Cervical cancer is on the increase in Nigeria and it’s due to the lack of awareness, lack of nearby facilities and financial constraints, so I thought of a way to address these issues.

“As a medical professional, I come across several cases but the one that pains me most is cervical cancer because it’s preventable, I believe that no woman should die of it.

“In this five-day outreach, we are looking at screening 100 women daily, it’s free to create opportunity for those in and outside the community to get themselves screened and know their status,” he added.

The Windsor University School of Medicine, St Kitts & Nevis, graduate expressed appreciation to Mrs Yetunde Baderinwa, the NYSC Coordinator, IDR Memorial Foundation, Dr. Osinachi Ubani, amongst others for their support and encouragement.

He, however, noted that he will be glad to have a drastic drop of cervical cancer in Nigeria from the present number 2 to 15, adding that with the screening and continuous awareness, there will be a progress report.

peaking, Baderinwa said she is proud of Dr. Nworie, and described him as a corp member that has singled himself out and significantly touched the lives of women in the community through the programme.

While urging women within the specified age category to take advantage of the free screening brought to the community to have knowledge of their status, she noted that early detection saves a lot.

According to her, the idea is for the Corp members to move into the local community and identify the needs of the people, which is what is happening here today.

“Dr Nworie has come into Oshodi-Isolo and noticed that there is a dearth of awareness regarding cervical cancer and took it upon himself, to approach sponsors that are supposing him in this project.

“I am very proud of him, this is part of the reason I am here to encourage him, he is passionate, caring and determined to use his profession to affect lives and live a footprint,” she added.

The NYSC Coordinator, Lagos, therefore, enjoined other corp members to key into other needs, especially where they discover a shortfall in their community, and bring it up for support as a way to live something behind.

On the sideline, Dr Ubani, Medical Health officer, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area, said that corp members in the community have been outstanding, and described the free cervical cancer screening as laudable and a welcome development.

She noted that others have come up with remarkable projects to address pertinent challenges in the community, adding that it would always provide them with the necessary support to contribute to societal development.

Ubani added that any woman that tested positive in the course of the screening would be subjected to treatment and further referred to its secondary facility as a follow-up.

“We are impressed with the services of corp members posted to Oshodi-Isolo, but this particular one will top it all because it is addressing a large number, in short, they have been very wonderful,” she added.

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