LAPO Launches Campaign For Cancer Control In Nigeria
LAPO has commenced the implementation of its 2-year Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) Project, designed to mitigate cancer-related deaths with primary focus on prevention and early detection in Nigeria.
Founder of the organization, Dr. Godwin Ehigiamusoe, while addressing stakeholders at the project flag-off training in Benin City, expressed concern that almost 102,000 new cases of cancer occur annually in Nigeria with over 60% in women due to breast and cervical cancer.
Represented by the Executive Director, Sabina-Idowu Osehoho, he traced the main barriers to cancer control in Nigeria to poor access to screening services and inadequate awareness, noting that with early detection, over 80% of cancer cases are preventable and 40% of the disease eradicated by changes in lifestyle.
Ehigiamusoe said LAPO has over the years been involved in community health improvement and support for health facility upgrading in rural communities as 3,458 women benefitted from the LAPO/Edo State Cervical Cancer Programme between April and September 2012 with those diagnosed with Human Papillona Virus (HPV) and vulnerable to developing cervical cancer treated freely.
According to him, “In 2015, LAPO improved the health status of over 200,000 community members across the country with basic information and services including health screening (for malaria, HIV, Hepatitis, Blood sugar and blood pressure) and referrals to government-approved health facilities. Between January and October this year 2016, LAPO reached a total of 521,574 with health services. 287,325 women were empowered with our various Social Empowerment Services while 3,658 benefitted from our Legal Aid programme.”
Ehigiamusoe said the 2-year LAPO-C4 project, which will be implemented in partnership with 13 Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) across FCT (Abuja), Lagos, Rivers, Edo and Imo state, aligns with the LAPO vision of a healthy and informed society characterized by prosperity, justice and equity.
He charged the CBOs to ensure that LAPO’s mark of excellence and commitment are brought to bear in the implementation for the benefit of Nigerians and thanked the project coordinating team and all those working assiduously to ensure the success of the LAPO-C4 Project.