Skyline University Nigeria holds Breast Cancer Awareness Workshop in commemoration of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At the event, there were two guest speakers: Dr. Sanket Shah of Tata Memorial Hospital, India and Dr. Shehu U, Abdullahi of the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. Members of the university management, faculty, staff and students, family members and distinguished guests from various walks of life were also present.
The 1-day workshop, which took place on 30th September 2019 in the Entrepreneurship Laboratory of the Skyline University campus, also featured the wife of the former Kano State Governor, Haj. Halima Ibrahim Shekerau Garkuwa and participants from the team of the Civil Society for Cancer Eradication in Nigeria (CISCANAN), an NGO devoted to the eradication of cancer in Nigeria.
In his opening remarks at the workshop, the Head, Students Service Department, Mr. Nazim Islam, stated that the workshop aimed to facilitate the awareness of breast cancer in the country by educating the public in preventive and curative strategies.
Making his presentation at the workshop, one of the Guest Speakers, Dr. Sanket Shah of Tata Memorial Hospital, India, unveiled the preventive measures in the developing stage of cancer in the human body. “Comprehensively, cancer control involves prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment”. He added that raising the awareness of the general public on breast cancer problem as well as advocating for appropriate policies and programmes are key strategies of cancer control.
One of the key Speakers, Dr. Shehu U, Abdullahi of the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital described breast cancer as one of the top cancer killers in women over the age of 30 in low and middle-income countries. Dr. Shehu who is also a Paediatric and Oncologist at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano added that many low and middle-income countries need to implement combined strategies that address both public health problems effectively and efficiently.
Earlier in his opening remark, the workshop conveyor and Head, Department of Biology and Micro Biology, Professor Sanjoy Kumar Pal expressed hope that through this workshop, participants would live by what they had learnt.
Giving his closing remark, the Vice-Chancellor of Skyline University Nigeria, Prof. Sudhakar Kota commended the guest speakers and the organizers for their contributions that have made the event a success. On the position of Skyline University Nigeria, he added that the university management would be more than happy to partner with Community Health Awareness Groups through radio programmes to bring awareness to the wider public. “Our objectives are not limited to the aged women only but also to the young girls”. He added.
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