By Jude Michael

Women have been advised to protect themselves from cervical cancer by going for screening intermittently. The Anambra State commissioner for women’s affairs and social welfare, Honourable Mrs Ify Obinabo, said this would help women to detect the disease early and go for treatment.The commissioner stated this during the annual health care outreach organised for staff members of the ministry by the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN)Mrs Obinabo, while speaking, enumerated some of the advantages of the exercise to include early detection of the disease and proper administration of medication by health experts and sensitisation of staff by health experts on the need to go for screening. She assured that the exercise would soon be carried out in every community in the state.The women’s affairs and social welfare boss further urged participants to step down the knowledge garnered through sensitisation by proximity.Speaking while educating everyone on the importance of cervical and prostate cancers screening, the Anambra State programme officer, PPFN, Lady Ifeoma Ejiofor, and a medical officer from General Hospital, Nawgu, Dr Chidimma Josephine Oluor, explained that it was important for anyone who had not been sexually active to take the cervical cancer vaccines in order to prevent having the disease and urged others who had been active to avail themselves of the opportunity by going for the screening to know their status.Some staff members of the ministry who benefitted from the free cervical and prostate cancers screening, including Chidimma Omile and Victor Ibem, thanked the commissioner and the association for what they termed a wonderful collaboration, especially as it concerned their health.Present during the exercise were the permanent secretary of the ministry, some directors in the ministry and other staff members.Participants were seen taking turns to get tested and screened.

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