QUICK LINKS

×
  • Life - Health & Wellness
  • Updated: February 03, 2023

Kebbi First Lady Says Nigeria Has Recorded 7,000 Cancer-Related Deaths In 33 Days

The First Lady of Kebbi State, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, has disclosed that Just 33 days into 2023, Nigeria has recorded over 10,000 new cancer cases and 7,000 deaths,

Shinkafi-Bagudu, who said this while quoting data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, noted that there is a need to bridge the cancer care gap in the country with increased awareness and technological advancements.

She spoke on Thursday in Abuja during a book launch titled "Footprints" by the First Ladies Against Cancer (FLAC) Initiative Nigeria on, urging that harmful lifestyle practices that could lead to cancer should be avoided.

Acording to Punch, FLAC is a coalition of the spouses of current and former state governors working to address gaps in the cancer continuum of care; increasing awareness, facilitating access to screening and treatment services, and advocating for the implementation of policies on equitable access to quality cancer care services in Nigeria.

“The book is a compilation of our activities and I hope that what you see there will stimulate you to reach out.

"We welcome formidable and sustainable partnerships from across all sectors.

"The book is a compilation of all our activities and advocacy.

"It is a celebration of our concept to bridge the cancer care gap in Nigeria and highlight as much as we could, the challenges that we face daily.

“The year 2023 has just started, barely 33 days, and Nigeria has already recorded over 10,000 new cancer cases.

"We’ve lost already 7,000 to this complex disease, according to the Globocan statistics by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

“For my sisters and myself, they are our daily experiences, things we go through in the form of text messages, and letters requesting support that are often accompanied by graphic videos and images.

"Our work is to work with the government agencies, such as the primary healthcare system to ensure that we provide better services for our people.

“So, we call on all private sector to come together with the government to revamp the primary health system.

“It is not right that where you live or where you are should continue to determine if you survive cancer despite the technological advancements that we have seen in the last decade.

"We must continue to address the global inequities by increasing cancer awareness, building sustainable partnerships and creating innovative ways that can help us reduce the cost of treatment.”

She said harmful lifestyle practices that could lead to cancer, such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, obesity, poor diet, and alcohol abuse, e-cigarettes and shisha, should be avoided.

Also, the wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, said everyone must rise in the fight against cancer.

“Cancer kills, it kills people, men and women, young and old, in any nation of the world.

"Cancer can be found in different parts of the body, working differently in each place, and working differently in its manifestations in people.

“In some people, it’s a slow growth; in others, it is rapid.

"Cancer makes some people sick, cancer kills some people. Cancer killed my mother.

“There is a fight against cancer because cancer has set up a fight against humanity. Let us use this course to fight back.”

Related Topics

Join our Telegram platform to get news update Join Now
Felicia Abisola  Olamiji
Felicia Abisola Olamiji

  A graduate of English Language from Olabisi Onabanjo University, passionate about learning new...

More From this Author

COMPANIES PROFILE

fidson healthcare plc Health Care

Fidson Healthcare Plc started operations on March 1, 1995 as a local distributor...

LEARN MORE
neimeth international pharmaceuticals plc Health Care

Neimeth International Pharmaceutical Plc was founded in 1957. The company is th...

LEARN MORE
evans medical plc Health Care

Evans Medical Plc is incorporated in Nigeria as a pharmaceutical manufacturing a...

LEARN MORE
nigeria-german chemicals plc Health Care

Nigerian-German Chemicals Plc manufactures formerly known as Hoechst Products Ni...

LEARN MORE
pharma-deko plc Health Care

Pharma- Deko Plc formerly known as Parke- Davis Company started in Nigeria in 19...

LEARN MORE

0 Comment(s)

SPONSORED

See this post in...