Nigerian Army officers’ wives on Sunday embarked on campaign against breast cancer charging women to look out for early warning signs.
The awareness tagged ‘Operation Kick Out Cancer’ that took off at the 3 Division Nigerian Army Cantonment in north central Plateau State, was organised by the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA).
Coordinator of the campaign, Dr. Mrs Dorcas Angbazo, took women of her team on a road work within the barracks to laud the awareness.
The one day training programme which was however climaxed with a lecture delivered at the Jos Army Cantonment, Nigerian with Dr. Mrs Esther Ismaila as lecturer, centered on “Breast Self-Examination Made Easy”.
Ismaila emphasized that breast cancer can be cured if detected early, adding that breast self – examination is a key solution and recommended for females who are over 20 years old to do monthly 7- 10 days examination to check for any unusual lump and discharge such as blood, pus or clear fluid after their menstrual period.
Also in her speech the coordinator, Mrs Angbazo, maintained that the lecture was organised to sensitise women on the reality of breast cancer and to educate them on habits expected of them to avoid the killer disease.
Earlier in his remarks, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division, Maj. Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, thanked the NAOWA leadership for organizing such an important and timely awareness lecture that has better informed the barracks families on all they need to know about breast cancer, its early detection and treatment.
The GOC urged men to always assist their spouses in the examination of their bodies for prevention and treatment.
He maintained that headquarters 3div. will partner with NAOWA to take the campaign to the entire barracks residents and communities within the 3 Division’s area of responsibility.
The GOC supported the NAOWA efforts with the sum of N1 million, while Commanders and other invited guests donated generously to further boost the gesture.