Rivers To Site Cervical Cancer Screening Centres In Local Councils
Rivers State government has said that Cervical Cancer Screening Centres would be sited in its 23 local councils to ensure that rural dwellers benefit from their services.
The State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo said this when members of the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), paid her a courtesy visit in Government House, Port Harcourt.
Banigo noted that the state was determined to improve the health service delivery to residents through the provision of quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare.
She added, “I am glad that you carried out expansion of cervical cancer screening outside the Port Harcourt centre by reaching out to communities, even in the riverine areas. This is commendable because not all will be able to reach the Port Harcourt Centre. It is necessary for us to make vaccination available for our young girls and men too.”
Banigo also decried the poor level of awareness on breast feeding and urged the health workers to extend their reach to the rural dwellers. “As a country, we were recording almost 100 percent in breast feeding, but it has reduced to 17 percent. I think you must take the challenge to educate and encourage our women to undertake exclusive breast feeding,” Banigo stated.
She charged the women to bring back compassion to the medical practice to help restore confidence of patients, while promising to assist them in their programmes to achieve set objectives.
Earlier, the President of the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Rivers State Branch, Dr. Adebiyi Obelebra, promised to partner the Wike-led administration in implementing activities that will promote the health of women and children in the state.