No fewer than 2,000 rural women have benefitted from the two- day free cervical cancer screening for rural women in Kaduna state.
The programme, convened by a Kaduna-based Non-Governmental Organisation, ‘Kadashi Initiative on Equity, Health, Empowerment and Education’ is in collaboration with the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria.
Speaking during the screening, the Executive Director of the organisation, Amos Isuwa, said the gesture was aimed at raising the awareness of rural women on the dangers of cancer.
” We want to increase the knowledge of cancer among rural women to enable them identify same and take preventive measures.
” We want to ensure that whenever they have the opportunity to meet other people and continue to spread the message on cancer”, he said.
According to him, those who test positive after the exercise will be supported to overcome challenges ahead, saying women should be given the opportunity to access sexual and reproductive health care.
Commenting on the exercise, one of the beneficiaries, Mrs Larai Ayuba, thanked the organisation for the gesture, promising to make the best use of such opportunity.
Ayuba said rural women had never received such support from anyone, adding that she had to travel a long distance to come for the screening.
” I do not take this opportunity for granted; when I heard of it, I resolved to travel the distance to the venue to access it,” she said.