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Kebbi governor’s wife donates N2m to cancer patients

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Kebbi governor’s wife donates N2m to cancer patients

By Gami Tadanyigbe

The wife of the Governor of Kebbi State, Dr Zainab Bagudu, donated 2 million naira for the treatment of cancer patients at Abuja University Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada.

Bagudu, who is the founder of the Medicaid Cancer Foundation, presented the check to Professor Bissallah Ekele, the hospital’s chief medical director (CMD), on Sunday in Gwagwalada.

She explained that the donation is intended to support people struggling with cancer and cushion their struggles and those of survivors.

Bagudu, a doctor, called for the creation of strategic cancer intervention organizations at all levels to raise awareness and to scale up cancer treatment and prevention in the country.

She explained that her organization, the Kebbi State government and other relevant stakeholders were vigorously engaged in the fight against cancer by not only raising awareness but intervening to ensure treatment for those suffering from the chronic disease.

“We believe early detection and early treatment save lives because some people are diagnosed on time, but lack of funds reduces their chances of survival.

“Unfortunately, the increasing cost of cancer treatment and poverty have been a major obstacle for many cancer patients to afford cancer treatment in Nigeria.

“Our efforts are not only to raise awareness, but also to intervene with cancer patients and we will work vigorously to ensure success in the fight against cancer, through capacity building, workshops and seminars,” she declared.

However, she called on relevant stakeholders from different organizations to join traditional institutions in the fight against cancer in the country.

Earlier, Ekele thanked Ms Bagudu for the donation and called on other well-meaning Nigerians to emulate this kind gesture.

The CMD, who described the donation as a boost to other organizations in the fight against the dreaded disease, said the support would go a long way in making cancer patients smile.

Ekele therefore called on Nigerians to ensure regular screening for cancer-related symptoms for early detection, prevention and treatment.

He added that cancer deaths in Nigeria are very high, with four out of five cancer patients dying within five years of diagnosis due to late presentation.

He noted, however, that the late presentation of most cancer cases in hospitals remained the major challenge in the treatment and management of the disease in the country.

Source: NAN

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