By Goodluck Ikiebe
An Indian Medical Practitioner, Dr Ruquaya Mir, has recommended awareness, proper hygiene, early diagnosis and vaccination as some of the most effective ways of combating Cancer in Nigeria.
Dr Ruquaya Mir, who is a Senior Consultant and Surgical Oncology at Apollo Hospital, India, told newsmen in Abuja that cancer, which is an incurable disease and painful medical condition can be prevented in a most cost effective way if one receives preventive vaccine early enough.
She explained that proper hygiene is also important for women in preventing cervical cancer and then called for the proper and safe usage of sanitary pads.
According to the Oncologist, “this medical campaign can be implemented throughout the States in the Country by carrying out the vaccination programme in schools for both genders”.
She added that the programme is implementable through the right structure, infrastructure and personnel.
Dr Mir also noted that early diagnosis and detection through screening will go a long way to nip cancer in the bud, hence the need for women to go for yearly mammogram test to know the condition of their health and to avoid smoking, alcoholism, late marriage and sedentary life style, which could trigger cancer.
Dr Ruquaya Mir, also presented a paper on “Organ Conservation in Cancer” at the on going Nigerian Medical Association Conference in Abuja.
Our Correspondent reports that the conference is being attended by medical personnel, policy makers and Senior government officials.