As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) tomorrow, stakeholders in the healthcare sector have identified the need for effective collaboration to address health issues affecting women, such as cancer.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, with an estimated 9.6 million deaths and 17 million new cases recorded worldwide in 2018. Another report showed that, while 30 to 50 per cent of cancers could be prevented, young women diagnosed with the disease might face financial hardship due to costs related to care.
To this end, the Inanna Women Empowerment Foundation (IWEF) has partnered with Eko Hospital, alongside other non-governmental organisations to offer free cervical cancer screening to over 10, 000 women in Lagos, as part of efforts to stem the scourge of cancer.
The Chair, Board of Directors, IWEF, Oyinlola Amodu, said that as women are important in nation building, ignoring their health could be disastrous and in order to reduce the burden of cancer, the foundation, which focuses on women empowerment, partnered with the hospital to eradicate cancer amongst women. Read more