Uyo, Feb. 4, 2014 (NAN) Akwa Ibom government said it purchased mammography machines which would be installed in its general hospitals as part of its resolve to fight the scourge of cancer.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Ememabasi Bassey, made this known in a message to mark the 2014 World Cancer Day in Uyo on Tuesday.
Bassey said the machines were expected to assist in the screening and early detection of breast cancer.
He said that the emphasis was on the prevention and early diagnosis of cancer, adding that state government would install the mammography machines in some of its general hospitals.
“We are also embarking on various training programmes on cervical cancer management in the three senatorial districts,” he said.
He said that the grassroots would receive special attention under the cancer screening and treatment programme.
“We also hope to commence the vaccination of our school-age girls against cervical cancer.
“Cancer is a non-communicable disease and it is not caused by witchcraft or any diabolical means,” Bassey said.
He called on the citizenry to go for regular medical checkup. (NAN)