Kebbi State governor’s wife, Dr. Zainab Bagudu, on Wednesday, disclosed that over 250,000 Nigerians die from cancer and cancer-related diseases yearly in the country.
Mrs Bagudu made the disclosure in Abuja when she led a delegation of Medicaid Foundation on a courtesy call to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development on the upcoming cancer awareness walk coming up on October 26 in Abuja.
The governor’s wife lamented that many women have died from the pandemic due to lack of adequate awareness and information on preventive measures.
Mrs Bagudu, therefore, sought the partnership of the ministry in the fight against the killer disease.
She said: “Every year, over 250,000 people die of cancer. October is international breast cancer awareness month and we do a lot of awareness not only on breast cancer but other cancers too.
“I do not believe we have enough information on cancer awareness, diagnosis, treatment, and control is poor.
“So, we take every available opportunity to create awareness on all the cancers to reduce its spread in the country,” she added.
In her response, Paulin Tallen, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, described breast cancer as a deadly disease that had been ravaging the lives of many Nigerian women.
Ms Tallen, therefore, called on every Nigerians, especially the state governments, to support the treatment of patients so as to save more women from death.
The minister, however, noted that government alone could not handle the treatment, saying: “cancer is a deadly scourge that has claimed many lives. All Nigerians must join the campaign to fight the scourge.
“We call on all the state governments and their wives, voluntary and philanthropic organisations to key into this campaign and intensify the advocacy to enable more awareness so as to avert more deaths, Ms Tallen added.