Over 40 women from different Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno State have benefitted from the recently concluded Nigerian Air Force (NAF) one-week free cancer screening exercise.
The screening, which covered cancer of the breast, cervix, ovaries, colon and liver, was also extended to NAF personnel and their dependants.
During the screening exercise, those detected with early stages of cancer of the cervix were promptly treated, free of charge, using colposcopy.
The Director Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said “it was in fulfilment of the pledge earlier made by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, to extend healthcare delivery to less privileged Nigerians, particularly those in IDP camps”.
He stated that “the screening and treatment were conducted by NAF medical personnel, who had earlier received in-house training as part of the capacity-building efforts of the NAF leadership’’.
According to Air Commodore Adesanya, the screening methods used by the NAF medical personnel included colposcopy, ultra-sound, mammogram and laboratory test of various tumour markers.
Examining other health issues
The women from the IDP camps equally took advantage of the opportunity to examine other key aspects of their health status at no cost.
The CAS had assured officers and men of the NAF during the week-long training that the cervical screening facilities at the NAF Hospital Abuja, would be provided in other hospitals across the country.
Air Marshal Abubaka however, reassured the IDPs and other members of the public that the exercise would be continuous.
The exercise was held at the newly established NAF Cancer Screening Centre in Maiduguri, Borno State.