From SANI ALIYU,Zaria
Governor Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i of Kaduna State has said that his government has spent over N1 billion to strengthen routine immunisation across the state in the last three years.
He stated this at a “Cancer Sensitisation Campaign and Book launch” held at the main campus of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
The campaign was organised by the Centre of Excellence on Development Communication (CEDC), Department of Theatre and Performing Arts, ABU Zaria.
El-Rufa’i, who was represented by Dr. Paul Manya-Dogo, Commissioner of Health, said the essence was to ensure adequate converge of children across the state.
On the cancer patients, the governor advised the affected victims not to loose hope, assuring that it was not a “death sentence.”
“In line with the policy of present state administration, el-Rufa’i said his government had placed emphasis toward improving primary and secondary healthcare.”
According to him,the state government was renovating all the 255 primary health centres to enable grassroots community to have easy access to healthcare delivery services.
In his address, the ABU Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Garba lauded the foresight of the organisers, saying, “ABU is responding to critical issues affecting the society.
“I am happy about this event because of the increasing deaths from this scourge is really alarming, I therefore believe this sensitisation exercise is timely.
“This is because Nigerians need to know more about the different kinds of cancer that citizens battle with, they need to have relevant information.
According to Prof. Garba, relevant information will enable them take appropriate actions, as we all Know, knowledge is power, if we are armed with requisite knowledge, we will effectively fight the scourge.
Earlier, the Head of Theatre and Performing Arts Department, Prof. Umar Buratai said the scourge of cancer had been long eating into the public.
Buratai stressed the need for people to be able to know when they contracted cancer.
He said the essence of the programme was to create awareness amongst Nigerians on the scourge of the dreaded disease.