NGO Sensitises 2,000 Female Civil Servants on Cancer


Hammed Shittu

Leah Charity Foundation, a pet project of the Wife of the Kwara State Governor, Mrs. Omolewa Ahmed, has embarked on sensitisation programme for over 2,000 female civil servants in the state on the need to embark on thorough screening against breast and cervical cancer in the state.

Already, the foundation has established 26 outpost points in the state as part of efforts to bring the screening of women against the deadly disease to the rural areas of the state.

Speaking at the sensitisation programme at the Banquet Hall of Government House, Ilorin over the weekend, the initiator and founder of the Foundation, Mrs. Ahmed said, “this programme is mainly to enlighten female civil servants on the conflicting factors of breast and cervical cancer, the preventive measure they can observe to avoid being infected with the deadly disease.”

According to her, “Even, though, there are lots of factors that are largely unpreventable because there is a risk factor of inheritance but we are trying to educate and enlighten them on how these diseases can be prevented.”

Ahmed who was represented by an aide, Mr. Lanre Bello, added that, “the foundation is being helpful to the women because the breast and cervical cancer are the major killers of women today.”

Ahmed stressed further that breast and cervical cancer were also the major killers of women in Africa and that was why the foundation has been up and doing in order to sensitise the female civil servants on the need to make themselves available for thorough screening.
PShe explained that, it was early detection of the disease through screening that could be of help to the affected persons so as to counter it before it goes out of management.

She however urged the women and other well wishers in the state not to take the screening for granted, saying that, “early detection helps in nipping it in the bud.”