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Cervical cancer kills 26 Nigerian women daily – Kebbi Gov’s wife

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ABOUT 26 women die of cervical cancer in Nigeria daily.

  Wife of Kebbi State Governor, Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, stated this in a speech she delivered to mark the 2020 World Polio Day at Emir’s Palace in Argungu, Kebbi State.

  Bagudu also put the global figure of women at risk of cervical cancer at more than 39.59 million.

  According to her, Nigerians and other stakeholders should step up the fight against cancer to free the nation from the killer diseases in same way as polio was stamped out of the country.

  “After a communal effort of President Muhammad Buhari, the Nigerian health system, the governors’ forum and private sector, the country was rid of polio. When 2020 is recounted in history as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic; it will also be remembered as the year Nigerian finally became polio free. It is my prayer that all stakeholders and most especially, our royal fathers for whom I have great reverence will join us in the cancer space to fight the second most common cancer in the world today, cervical cancer. More than 36.59 million women are at risk globally as 26 die of the disease on daily basis in Nigeria. As it stands, Nigeria has the highest cancer death rate in Africa,” she said.

  Speaking at the ceremony, Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Muhammad Samaila Mera attributed the success of polio eradication in Nigeria to cooperation of all stakeholders especially in the northern part of the country.

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