Wife of Taraba Governor Anna Darius Ishaku has lauded the founder of Fhamas Cancer Foundation, Hajiya Hadiza Bello Yero for championing the fight on cancer. She noted that there was need for concerted effort by all to ensure cancer is fought to the minimal point.
She urged for maximum support from all well- meaning individuals to ensure the success of the cancer centre in Taraba state.
Stating this through her representative, Sarah David Ibi, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba (HAFT) at the commemoration of World Cancer Day at trade fair complex Jalingo. Barr. Anna highlighted how
she has partnered with some agencies over the years to run breast cancer screening.
4th of February every year is set aside to commemorate World Cancer Day, this year’s theme is ‘I am and I will’; together all of our action matters.
Earlier, founder of Fhamas Cancer Foundation Hadiza Bello Yero said as a cancer survivor, she has deemed it fit to establish a centre to bring service to the doorstep of Tarabans.
Hadiza Bello Yero revealed that when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, it was vigorous efforts that led to her survival as most of her treatments was overseas.
She reminded the public that early detection of cancer will lead to prevention of serious damage on a patient body system, hence the need for all to go for checkups.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai represented by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Apake Ebenezer commended organisers of the event and pledged that the ministry will support the foundation in its little way to succeed.
Also speaking, National Coordinator of Civil Society for Cancer Eradication in Nigeria, Elijah Elijah said fourth of February every year remains a unique and historic day globally as stakeholders in the cancer space converge to remember, admonish and celebrate the fallen heroes of cancer, persons living with cancer and those affected by cancer.
He explained that Cancer is a public health problem worldwide affecting all categories of persons, saying it is the second most common cause of deaths in developed countries.
He mentioned the most common cancers to include, breast, cervical, prostate, colon and rectal, lung, liver, brain tumors, blood and skin cancers. Lamenting that Nigeria bears the highest cancer burden in the continent of Africa as thirty women die daily of breast cancer, twenty four die of cervical cancer and fourteen men die daily from prostate.
The event was attended by Chairman Jalingo Local Government Council, Abdul Nasir Bobboji, Executive Secretary Primary Health Care Development Agency, Aminu Hassan Jauro, CAN Chairman, Reverend Isaiah Magaji Jirapye and Medical Director Specialist Hospital, Alex Maiangwa amongst others.