Female members of staff of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), were on Wednesday, screened for breast and cervical cancer.
The women, numbering over 200, were also taught how they can self examine themselves on a regular basis.
The exercise which took place at the Ijora Olopa headquarters of the agency, was carried out by professional healthcare personnel from the Optimal Cancer Care Foundation (OCCF), as part of its ongoing free breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment exercise, in partnership with the Lagos State government, Access Bank, amongst others.
The MD/CEO, LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumbonic addressing the beneficiaries shortly before the commencement of the screening and subsequent treatment for positive cases, thanked the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for always putting the welfare and wellbeing of the people first.
Mr. Odumboni said the aim of the exercise is to create awareness about the diseases and provide treatment solutions and all other necessary support to the women.
With women making over 70% of its staff strength, the LAWMA boss said he will continue to work with OCCF to ensure that the exercise is not just a one-off but one that will be carried out at regular intervals to the benefit of all women in the agency.
According to recent medical statistics, cervical cancer is the number one cancer killer of women followed by breast cancer.
Every one hour, one woman dies from cervical cancer in Nigeria, according to latest statistics.
This, Dr. Femi Olaleye, the Medical Director of Optimal Care Foundation, said can be prevented by early detection and treatment.
He noted that screening and awareness exercise is necessary to cut down the statistics of women who are dieing daily
Dr. Olayele said there is an information gap in Nigeria and this lack of adequate information and sensitization, has led to the rise in cases in the country, which is far from what is obtainable in developed countries.