As part of its contribution towards improving the health status of the community, the Rotary Club of Ibadan, Onireke Neighborhood, has concluded its training course for health workers at the Primary Healthcare Centre, Oniyanrin, Ibadan.
Ten nurses at the Centre were trained on how to carry out Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA), a test commonly used to screen for cervical cancer. Certificates were awarded to the nurses.
In his remarks, President of the Club, Adedotun Amori said, “the club is committed to adding value to the community and making positive impact on the society in the area of disease prevention and treatment.”
He recalled that, September 2016, at the same venue, the Club in collaboration with Access to Basic Medical Care Foundation organised a cervical cancer screening outreach for 107 women in the community, stressing as a follow-up to that exercise the Club decided to train the nurses.
The lead facilitator of the training, Dr. Olusola Oriniowo, noted that there is an urgent need for intervention in the area of cervical cancer control in Nigeria. “We are witnessing an increase in disease prevalence and if we don’t act, many women will lose their lives to a largely preventable disease.
Dr. Oluwatobilola Lawrence in her submission identified screening as a very effective way for curbing deaths for the prevalent cancer in Africa.