Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu attended the Medicaid Cancer Foundation Stakeholder Summit in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday 12th October 2017.
The Forum which had the theme: Accurate Data Collection as a tool for Stimulating Cancer Control in Nigeria, had in attendance the ED of NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib, the first ladies Kwara and Ondo, medical professionals from Usman Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Malam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaira, University College of Lagos, other Ngos and stakeholders.
The summit was convened by the wife of the Kebbi State Governor, and Founder of Medicaid Cancer Foundation Dr. Zainab Atiku Bagudu to deliberate on the need for having quality data in our states.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu called on the stakholders to come up with an effective way of registering data.
The Governor welcomed the theme of the meeting as data is not only important for national planning but also for the successful execution of all the development projects.
He reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to provide the necessity support financially and materially to improve health care service to the people as well as the necessary encouragement to Medicaid Cancer Foundation to achieve its target objectives on preventing and controlling breast and cervical cancer among women.
Addressing the gathering the founder of Medicaid Cancer Foundation Dr. Zainab Atiku Bagudu described cancer as complicated and expensive disease. She added that until national policies such as allocation of 1% of consolidated revenue to health, Universal Health Coverage and PHCUOR become reality, we should seize the low hanging fruits such as awareness, earlier detection and accurate data.
Dr. Bagudu expressed appreciation to Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for his support to Medicaid Cancer Foundation for its 8 year existence.
In a message to the occasion, the Minster for Health, Professor Isaac Adewole gave the assurance that, the Federal Ministry of Health would support the Foundation to meet its objectives of cancer prevention and control.
Represented by Mr. David Atuwo National Cancer Control Coordinator, the Minister expressed concerned that, cancer has become and epidemic that everybody must rise-up to fight.
Professor Adewole commended and expressed appreciation to members and management of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria for supporting the programme of Medicaid in the service of humanity.
Narrating her experienced the cancer advocate who survived the disease 20 years ago, wife of the Ondo State Governor Mrs. Betty Anyanwu -Akeredolu expressed the belief that, a person affected with cancer could be cured with early detection. Thus she pleaded for more funding forcancer control. Also present was Mrs Omolewa Ahmed the wife of the Kwara state governor and Founder of Leah Foundation which also carries out cancer advocacy.
In commeration of World Sight Day which falls on 12th october, consultant opthalmologist and PHD holder Dr. Fatima Kyari was spoke on a childhood eye cancer called retinoblastoma. She lauded the Kebbi state government for sponsoring eye camps.
Professor Hadiza Shehu Galadanci from Aminu Kano University gave an overview of breast and cervical cancer in Nigeria whilst Neurosurgeon of international repute, Professor B.B Shehu advised Government at all levels to improve the quality of basic healthcare services for indegenes.
The Executive Director of the National Primary Healtcare Development Agency disclosed that the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer would be available only in 2020 but routine screening would be available at PHC level which is why the revitalization of the PHCs is one of the main goals of his agency alongside improving other RI rates.
Other speakers at the forum include Dr. Edwin Kwame from Ghana, the Deputy National President of Nigeria Medical Association, Dr. Ahmed Atta Jacob, Professor Sunday and Dr. Abimbolu, Professor Oguntayo, and the speaker, Kebbi State House of Assembly, Alhaji Sama’ila Abdulmumini Kamba.
The Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Iliyasu Bashar represented by the Waziri of Gwandu, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar expressed happiness about the gathering of such medical expert which he described as the largest of its kind, since Kebbi state was created.
The Emir said traditional rulers, would sustain mobilization and enlightment of their people towards prevention and control of cancer and improvement of their general hygienic.