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Teal light up of Argungu, Kebbi for cervical cancer awareness.

To commemorate the launching of the World Health organisation’s global strategy to accelerate the Elimination of cervical cancer, the first lady of Kebbi State, H.E Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu led government officials, traditional leaders and other stakeholders to illuminate the Emir of Gwandu’s palace in teal.

In light of the above, Kebbi State joined people across the globe to drum support for the initiative and to pledge commitment and political will towards the goal.

The event which took place at the Abdullahin Gwandu Royal Palace Birnin kebbi had in attendance top government officials, royal fathers, Raligious Leaders, NGOs and other key stakeholders who all took turns to give goodwill messages.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu appreciated the Emir of Gwandu, HRH Iliyasu Bashar for hosting the lighting event, which opens way for the support of traditional leaders.

An ardent cancer advocate, Dr. Bagudu further thanked the Governor of Kebbi State H.E Sen Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for the priority he placed on health and the support he continues to give. She also thanked the minister of health Dr. Osagie Ehanire and the ED of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib for their support to the state and all other stakeholders including CHAI.

Hon. Commissioner for Health, Jafar Mohd disclosed that WHO has launched the global strategy for the elimination of cervical cancer, which is aimed at 90% screening coverage 70% HPV vaccination coverage and 90% access to treatment for cervical pre-cancer, and cancer including palliative care. 

The evening was launched with fireworks as well as a performance by a family of Royal female drummers calling on women to take up the vaccine.

Kebbi State recently launched a costed cancer control plan and opened an oncology unit and a diagnostic center.