The Lagos State Commissioner for Well being, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says most cancers takes the lives of extra folks than COVID-19 and but it doesn’t get the identical consideration because the latter.
Prof. Abayomi acknowledged this in a put up on his Instagram deal with @profakinabayomi on Thursday.
He mentioned cervical most cancers is brought on by the Human Papilloma Virus just like COVID-19 and has many variants, thus presenting a biosecurity risk to the surroundings.
In accordance with the World Well being Organisation, cervical most cancers is the fourth commonest most cancers in ladies
Abayomi wrote “It was my pleasure to attend the Press Convention on Cervical Most cancers-Free Nigeria Marketing campaign. The Conferences was hosted by the Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on his appointment because the Presidential Ambassador for the marketing campaign,
“I’m extremely honoured to have been invited to such an essential occasion geared toward addressing a illness that’s rampant amongst ladies and generally results in excessive mortality.
“Even though the illness is preventable and could be handled, it continues to take the lives of extra folks than COVID-19 and but nonetheless doesn’t get the identical consideration because the latter.
“Cervical most cancers is brought on by the Human Papilloma Virus just like COVID-19 and has many variants thus presenting a biosecurity risk to the environment.”
The commissioner emphasised the essential position which the Presidential Ambassador to the marketing campaign can play to encourage scientists and researchers to determine the variants that have an effect on us most on this surroundings and goal such variants for simpler and environment friendly administration.
“It crucial to reiterate that it isn’t adequate for vaccines to be produced outdoors of the shores of the nation with out the involvement of our scientists and researchers.
“There may be the necessity for native research documenting the results of those vaccines on our folks earlier than widespread inoculations are carried out. This has grow to be essential as Nigeria considers native manufacturing of vaccines,” he mentioned.
Abayomi famous that the Ogun State Commissioner for Well being, Dr. Tomi Coker who was on the Convention was impressed with the thought of a marketing campaign geared in the direction of discovering options to cervical most cancers in Nigeria.
WHO mentioned cervical most cancers develops in a lady’s cervix (the doorway to the uterus from the vagina) and almost all cervical most cancers circumstances (99 per cent) are linked to an infection with high-risk HPV, an especially frequent virus transmitted by means of sexual contact.
“Though most infections with HPV resolve spontaneously and trigger no signs, persistent an infection could cause cervical most cancers in ladies.
“In 2018, an estimated 570,000 ladies had been identified with cervical most cancers worldwide and about 311 000 ladies died from the illness.
“Efficient main (HPV vaccination) and secondary prevention approaches (screening for, and treating precancerous lesions) will stop most cervical most cancers circumstances,” it mentioned.
The UN company famous that when identified, cervical most cancers is without doubt one of the most efficiently treatable types of most cancers, so long as it’s detected early and managed successfully.
“Cancers identified in late phases may also be managed with acceptable therapy and palliative care.
“With a complete method to forestall, display screen and deal with, cervical most cancers could be eradicated as a public well being drawback inside a era,” it mentioned.
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