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Kebbi commences campaign against prostate cancer

The Kebbi State Government has taken the fight against cancer to the doorsteps of 500 men in the state with a view to encourage early…

The Kebbi State Government has taken the fight against cancer to the doorsteps of 500 men in the state with a view to encourage early detection of prostate cancer.

The government began the exercise with free screening for prostate cancer with 200 men volunteers from Gwandu Emirate of the state.

Speaking about the campaign, the Commissioner for Health, Muhammad Jafar, said after the first batch of 200 men that were screened at the Medical Centre Kalgo and Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital, both in Birnin Kebbi, there would be 100 others each from Yauri, Zuru and Argungu emirates

According to him, early diagnosis  will ease financial burden associated with the treatment of the disease,  adding that the state government had in stock the requisite drugs for immediate commencement of treatment should any of the volunteers screened turned out positive.

Jafar explained that the screening exercise was going to be continuous, promising to increase the number of those to be screened.

“The state government, embarked on the screening exercise in order to promote early detection for easy cure. The exercise is also aimed at reducing the burden for treatment as cost for treatment of cancer is always expensive,” he said.

He further said the federal government selected the state as one of the states to enjoy 50 per cent cost cut on drugs for the treatment of the dreaded disease.