Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, in order to help checkmate the alarming rate of mortality, would be offering 2500 women free screening for cervical and breast cancers while blood screening would also be done to detect blood glucose for women at designated centres, in Ibadan.
Mrs Buhari disclosed this on Wednesday at the Olubadan’s Palace in Ibadan, as part of her two-day visit to Oyo State. According to her, the screening had become necessary as it would enable the women know their health status early and improve their health.
She said breast and cervical cancer, blood pressure, diabetes and malaria were major killer diseases across the globe and could be prevented or managed through regular check-ups. Hajia Buhari said she was in the state to introduce her Pet Project on Women and Children Health Screening Initiative, which started last year with a view to improving health.
The president’s wife said the programme, which would be introduced in all states of the federation, had begun in some states. She said that she wanted the programme to be replicated in the state so that women and children could have access to free medical screening.
The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Salisu Adetunji, commended the president’s wife for choosing Ibadan as the centre to launch the programme in the Southwest Zone, and promised that the programme would be given all necessary support to succeed.
Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who received Mrs Buhari’s entourage with his wife, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, his deputy and cabinet members, also lauded the initiative, saying the culture of preventive medicine must be made popular among Nigerians to promote longevity.
Governor Ajimobi promised that the state would do all within its power to support the initiative, as health remained a critical sector in Oyo State.
The free health screening programme is expected to capture 2500 women across the 33 Local Government Areas of the state, and will take place at the Loyola College, Old Ife Road, Ibadan.