The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commissioned a newly established Cancer Screening Centre and Cancer Registry at its 461 NAF Hospital in Kaduna.
The Chief of Medical Services (CMS), Air Vice Marshal Saleh Shinkafi during the commissioning said that the Centre is equipped with modern facilities for screening and early detection of cancer of the breast, cervix, prostrate, colon and liver.
The CMS also disclosed that the new Cancer Registry is capable of providing a reliable data base for use in research and planning for public health intervention programmes for cancers both in NAF and the nation at large.
Air Vice Marshal Shinkafi further pointed out that the current NAF administration within the last one and half year has embarked on expansion, upgrade and provision of modern tech equipment to its 33 healthcare facilities as well as facilitated the recruitment of specialists to operate them.
He said “it is believed that providing these services for early detection and treatment will help to prevent deaths from cancers among our personnel and thousands of other people who would use the services of the Centre,”
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar who was represented at the occasion by the Air Officer Commanding, Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Nurudeen Balogun urged NAF personnel and their families as well as the teaming population in Kaduna and its environs to take advantage of the facilities in order to detect and prevent cancer.
The CAS maintained that the NAF would continue to strive for excellence in fulfilling its roles in collaboration with other sister services to provide the necessary security as the nation marches towards greater peace and prosperity.
According to WHO, breast and cervical cancers are the most common causes of cancer related death in women between the ages of 15-45 years. It is estimated that 1 in every 25 women are at risk of developing breast cancer in her life time.
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