23 Women Die Of Cervical Cancer Daily in Nigeria -SOGON
…Launches preventive guideline to eradicate the scourge in Nigeria
Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria SOGON on Thursday revealed that 23 Nigerian women die daily as a result of Cervical Cancer.
To this end, SOGON has presented preventive Guidelines to improve the well-being of women as well as to eradicate Cervical Cancer in the country.
President of the SOGON Prof Ireti Akinola made the disclosure at the public presentation of preservation of Cervical Cancer guideline agenda in Abuja.
According to him, we have been sitting by old graves mourning and wailing to long. The Nigerian woman has been short-changed. We have the world’s highest maternal mortality ratio with about 145 women dying every day, where they are lucky to escape pregnancy-related deaths, they are inadvertently railroaded to dying from cancer.
“It has been reported that every 10 minutes a woman dies from cancer of the cervix in Africa. It is the second commonest female cancer in Nigeria and the commonest genital tract cancer. A death occurs every two Minutes globally from cervical cancer and 80% of these deaths occur in the world’s poorest countries. Globocon reported that 23 women die every day in Nigeria from cervical cancer.
“SOGON, as a professional body is concerned with the state of health of the Nigerian women. We are concerned with her state of total physical, mental and social well-being.
“We, therefore, engaged ourselves with various projects towards this end such as initiation of maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response and the volunteer obstetrician scheme.
“We have to engage ourselves for 72 hours in yet another project which is drawing up management guidelines.
“We have, also, converged from all sectors of the country to draw up country-specific guidelines for management and prevention of health issues which have constituted a scourge on our women.” He expressed.
Prof Akinola however, identified inadequate radiotherapy for women, inadequate centre based, the absence of organized training program and inadequate human resources as challenges that confront the process of eradicating the Cervical Cancer in the country.
He, therefore, urged government at all levels to improve and strengthen the healthcare system in terms of funding, infrastructure upgrade and training of medical personnel.
Also speaking, the country head of Roche Diagnostic in Nigeria Dr Taofik Oloruko-Oba said it is unacceptable that many women still died when Cervical Cancer was preventable, treatable and curable.
He said that lack of awareness; resources and low budgetary allocation to the health sector contribute to the country’s high rate of the disease burden.
Dr Oloruko-Oba urged women in Nigeria to go for regular screening for early detection and prompt treatment.