The Kebbi State Government in collaboration with Medicaid Cancer Foundation has engaged 34 churches in promoting the campaign on how to stop the spread of cancer in the state.
The Programme Manager of Kebbi State Cancer Control Programme, Dr. Shehu Nuhu Koko, made this known yesterday while speaking on the need for churches to key into the campaign for checking the spread of the disease in the state.
At an event held at the Watchman Chapel, Birnin Kebbi, Koko said government accords priority to the awareness campaign because it is possible to cure the disease if detected early.
Dr. Koko, who is also the State Director Medical Services, added that the state government had heavily invested in establishing a cancer treatment centre at the Kebbi Medical Centre Kalgo, saying, “treatment at the centre is free and the present government has initiated an indigent fund for sponsoring indigents referred to other hospitals.”
In his response, the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area, Reverend Isah Dangana, commended the effort of the state government and its partners saying, “Christians would not only support the awareness campaign but also promote active participation of members in turning up for the screening exercise enmasse.”