Duke urges government to provide facilities to fight cancer

Onari Duke

Chairman of Child Survival and Development Organisation of Nigeria (CSDON), Mrs. Onari Duke, has called on the Federal Government to strengthen capacity in the treatment of breast cancer through the provision of centrifuge machines and other facilities in hospitals nationwide.
Duke, who made the appeal in Lagos during a walk to raise awareness for the disease, explained that the event was aimed at uniting the various corporate organisations, public and private sectors and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the fight against cancer, stressing the need for all to work towards finding a cure for the terminal ailment
She also stated that the exercise had provided CSDON the opportunity to ascertain the level of support organisations were putting into combating the disease, especially in the areas of motivation for caregivers and patients, as well as counselling and offsetting of bills of victims.
Duke noted that this was her ninth year of organising the event, adding: “We will be able to learn from each other, then reinforce and strengthen what each is doing.”
The former first lady of Cross River State submitted that milestones had been recorded in the last nine years, noting that when they started the initiative, the disease was highly dreaded, but that the disposition has since changed.
“They have realised that early detection increases their chances of survival. Therefore, it has helped them to embrace the required tests, though some still delay in their mastectomy tests,” she said.

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