In Nigeria, a medical healh practitioner, Mrs Alshat Soliu, said that imbibing the act of girl-child immunisation against cervical cancer was essential at preventing the scouge among women.
Soliu, a Chief Nursing Officer, Mushin General Hospital, gave the advice at the Companion’s free medical outreach on Sunday at the Lagos State University (LASU) to help people counter latent illnesses.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the companion, an Islamic organisation with focus on youths, women and children welfare, organised the outreach for the Ramadan period.
It reports that the outreach, held at the Lagos State University (LASU), featured health talk, examined people on various diseases and referred for treatment.
Soliu decried the high mortality rate of women caused by cervical cancer in Nigeria.
She said that preventive measure, through immunisation of the girls before they reached active sexual age, would go a long way in shielding the women later in life.
According to her, the disease was preventable but that lack of essential information to combat the cancer that made it difficult to deal with it.
“From age eight to 15, the girl-child should be administered with the immunisation every two years until they get to active sexual age.
“The immunisation is available in the general hospitals for only N3,500 and will shield the women that took it far into marital life without any issue,” she said.
The expert frowned at multiple sexual partners, saying that multiple sex partners, smoking, early sex and alcohol predisposed one to the disease.
According to her, women should avoid life styles that reduce one’s immunity that exposes the body to various attack, adding that the disease could stay in one’s body for 25 years without sign.
She said that offensive odour, virginial discharge, loss of appetite, weight and difficulty in passing through urine were some of the signs and symptoms to look out for.
She advised women to always go for regular organ check to enable them to know their health status and go for treatment earlier. (NAN)