Thursday, October 22, 2020

2020 International Month For Cancer Awareness: MWAN Launches Women's Right To Health Information (WORTHI). As The National President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN, And Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Health, Dr. Minnie Oseji, Says Association Has Achieved Huge Feat.

......As The National President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), and Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Health, Dr. Minnie Oseji, Says Association has Achieved huge feat.



The National President, Medical Women's Association of Nigeria (MWAN), and Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Health, Dr. Minnie Oseji has said that the association has scored a huge feat on Monday 19th October 2020, with the launch of the Women's Right to Health Information (WORTHI) project on cervical screening for Early Detection of Cancer of the Cervix, as part of the activities to commemorate Cancer Awareness Month in October 2020.
The media learnt this recently from the leadership of the Association soon after the launch and a Webinar organised to commemorate the celebration. A goodwill message was issued by the Chairperson of First Ladies Against Cancer (FLAC) and First Lady of Niger State, Dr. Amina Bello.
To this end, a presentation on Providing care and support for cancer patients through the Medicaid Foundation was given by Dr. Zainab Bagudu, First Lady of Kebbi State & CEO Medicaid Foundation. Dr. Bello described the efforts in control of cancer in Nigeria through the organisation comprising of current and former First Ladies, working in the area of cancer.

Dr. Bagudu explained how the Medicaid Foundation organised various programmes to provide care and support of patients with cancer as well as mammography for early detection of breast cancer.

In her welcome remarks, the National President of MWAN, Dr. Minnie Oseji explained the purpose of celebrating Cancer Awareness Month which involves raising awareness about various forms of cancer and galvanizing efforts to bring this condition under control through early detection, treatment and palliative care.

She went further to present the outcome of the WORTHI project on Breast-self Examination for Early Detection of Breast Cancer which was launched to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 2019.

A total of 16 States Branches of MWAN implemented the project in 21 health facilities. These States are Cross River, Delta, Enugu, Kogi, Ondo, Kaduna, Bayelsa, Ogun, Kebbi, Oyo, Rivers, Benue, Kwara, Edo, Anambra, and Zamfara State. The number of female and male persons reached in the health facilities was 6,741, while the number of persons reached outside health facilities (through outreach programmes) was 5,289 making a grand total of 12,030.

A total of 3,522 fliers were distributed, 902 cases of breast lumps seen in the 21 health facilities facilties and 347 cases of breast cancer diagnosed.

Eminent speakers gave presentations such as: Crowdfunding for cancer control: the MWAN Akwa Ibom State (AKS) Experience by Dr. Christie Akwaowo, Immediate Past President MWAN Akwa Ibom State and Consultant Public Health Physician. Palliative care for cancer cases was presented by Dr. Tonia Onyeka, Consultant Physician Anaesthetist, Pain and Palliative Medicine Doctor, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu

Cost implication of Cancer Treatment by Dr. Lucy Idiese, Immediate Past President, MWAN Edo State, Consultant
Radiation Oncologist and Head of Radiotherapy Department, University of Benin Teaching Hospital.

Moreso, the lessons from providing care for persons living with Sickle Cell Disorder through the Delta State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme was presented by Dr. Minnie Oseji, MWAN National President, and Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Health, Asaba.

The climax of the event was fundraising to support screening and treatment as well as advocacy for incorporation of coverage for cancer treatment in national and state health insurance schemes.

In the words of MWAN National President: "Over One million Naira was pledged in support of the project while over Four Hundred Thousand was realised in cash paid into the MWAN Naira Account in Ecobank, Account Number 2972025895. The names of all consenting donors will be published in the MWAN Pink Donors Book".

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