The Kwara State Government in partnership with a Non-Governmental Organisation, LEAH Foundation, has flagged off free health check and cancer screening for 4,000 female civil servants in the State.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Ayinke Saka, said this at a press conference to herald the screening on Thursday.
Saka noted that 4,000 female civil servants drawn from the 16 local government areas of the state will benefit from the free screening.
Saka stressed that the screening exercise will be of immense benefit to the female civil servants in the state.
She further added that the screening will be extended to other women and men in subsequent phases of the project.
Earlier in his address, the Head, Leah Health Initiative, Dr. Ayo Adesokan, said the beneficiaries would be screened for breast and cervical cancers as well as Hepatitis B.
Adesokan added that the exercise will avail the beneficiaries the opportunity to know their health status so as to seek early help where necessary and be reminded to adopt health healthy living practices.
Adesokan disclosed that breast cancer is the most common malignancy in Nigeria, killing over 25,000 women annually.
He added that medical check ups create opportunities for early detection of ailments and prompt initiation of treatment.
Adesokan said the screening exercise will run for six weeks from September 25.