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CHANGING THE TIDE AGAINST PROSTRATE CANCER

Medicaid Cancer Foundation attended a two day training organized in Birnin Kebbi on the 10th and 11th of September 2020 on prostate cancer. The programme which was organized by organized Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson West Africa Limited, in collaboration with Kebbi State Government trained dozens of Health Workers in the State on the disease, its signs, symptoms and attendant management.

Common amongst men in Nigeria, prostate cancer begins when cells in the prostate gland start to grow out of control. The prostate is below the bladder (the hollow organ where urine is stored) and in front of the rectum (the last part of the intestines), hence the Health Officers were trained on how to examine patients for symptoms, signs and its attendant management. 

Medicaid Cancer Foundation delivered a presentation to share experiences on cancer patient support like the 1Callaway project. 1Callaway amongst many others is one of Medicaid Cancer Foundation’s Support projects for cancer patients and their caregivers which operates primarily by providing toll-free helplines (telephone, online community chatroom access and a web-based resource centre) in English and the three major local languages (Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba).  Beneficiaries are supported by our trained health officers and the institution of two support groups in Kebbi State and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) for patients to get emotional support and share their experiences.

The CEO of Medicaid Cancer Foundation, Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, emphasized the need for increased support for cancer patients and their caregivers across the country. She highlighted programmes that are underway through Medicaid Cancer Foundation including but not limited to the 1Call away programme, PACE Project, capacity building and training and awareness campaigns tailored to reduce the burden of cancer patients in Nigeria. 

Delivering his speech, The National President of Urological Surgeons of Nigeria, Dr Evaristus Azodoh emphasized on the need for robust awareness creation and advocacy, not only for prostate cancer but for other types such as cervical cancer; common amongst women in Nigeria.

Other key speakers are, Prof. Ismail Mungadi a Consultant Urologist in UDUTH, Dr Usman Aliyu of UDUTH Sokoto too, Prof Nuhu Dakum, a Consultant Urologist from JUTH Jos, Dr Terkaa Atim, a Consultant Urologist from the University of Abuja, and Dr Akintunde Orunmuyi, a Nuclear Medicine Physician from the UCH Ibadan.

Muhammad Mikail

Head, Corporate Communications

Medicaid Cancer Foundation

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