An NGO, Live Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO), has called on government at all levels in the country to create more cancer screening centres for early detection of the disease.
The Executive Director of the NGO, Mrs Sabina Osehobo, made the call on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Benin.
Osehobo said that the call became imperative in view of so many lives being lost to cancer daily.
She said early detection of the disease would help the patients to seek early ways of preventing its the spread to other parts of the body.
Osehobo said that government should not only create more screening centres but also make treatment of the ‘’totally disease free.’’
The executive director also told NAN that the NOG gave attention to cancer in its 2017 activities, in view of devastating effect of cancer on humans and the need to boosts its community health outreach.
She further said that the organisation had awarded and provided grant to 13 Community Based Organisations (CBOS) across five states for its Cancer C4 project.
She explained that the CBOS awarded the LAPO C4 projects in Edo, Lagos, FCT, Imo and Rivers.
The executive director further said the NGO screened 195, 134 persons with 4,402 referrals for follow up, for various health diseases like Hepatitis, HIV, High Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and malaria in 2016.
She said the effort was to optimise the NGO’s health services delivery. (NAN)