28 April 2016
The First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, while speaking on the Children and Women Initiative informed that it is aimed at increasing preventive medicine adoption.
She made the statement at the Olubadan Palace in Ibadan while on her two-day visit to Ibadan, the Oyo state capital. She said it would help counter the startling rate of mortality resulting from the late diagnosis of diseases affecting women in Nigeria.
On cancer screening, which is a major life-threatening issue, Mrs. Buhari told reporters that the programme would offer 2,500 women free screening for cervical and breast cancers. Blood screening would also be done to detect blood glucose for women at designated centres, including markets.
Shortly after being welcomed by the Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, she was led to the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji Ogungunniso 1, to pay homage and table reasons for her visit.
He expressed delight in the decision of the First Lady to start the free screening for the South-West zone in Oyo State.
The Oyo State Governor praised the initiative, stating that the practice of preventive medicine has to be encouraged among Nigerians to promote longevity. Governor Ajimobi in his remarks, assured that the state would do all within its power to help the initiative, as health remained a critical sector in Oyo State.
He promised that utmost support would be given to the programme which would begin on Thursday at all cost.