The Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation launched a $10 million free mobile prostate cancer screening service in Lagos on Saturday.
The fund, which is worth N4.1 billion, would be used to build mobile testing infrastructure to fight the scourge, including the purchase of luxury buses for use in the country’s 36 states and the territory of the federal capital.
At the launch, Mmobuosi revealed that more than 100 doctors and more than 4,000 volunteer medical professionals are expected to participate in the program.
He regretted that millions of Nigerian men do not have the resources to seek treatment for the disease, pointing out that the program aims to reach as many Nigerians as possible, regardless of where they live.
“Early detection is one of the best tools we have to prevent prostate cancer. Through the deployment of these buses, I hope to see prostate cancer rates among men decrease, and I urge all men, especially those aged 45 and over, to get screened for prostate cancer free of charge. the prostate in these state-of-the-art buses.
“Research shows that a third of prostate cancer cases can be prevented and another third completely cured if detected through early detection practices like the ones we offer for free,” Mmobuosi said. “Embarking on such a mission as this is essential in our fight against this terrible disease,” he said.
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He further disclosed that more than 37 buses with advanced control capabilities would be deployed across the country starting with Lagos.
The program is endorsed by the Nigerian Medical Association and the Rotary Club.
“It is commendable. They asked for our support and, given the importance of the situation, we will support them. This is in line with our own initiative which aims at the growth of health care as well as the well-being of the people of the nation. It is a welcome idea,” said Tajudeen Salau, Lagos State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association.
On his part, Segun Sanni, medical coordinator of the Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation Prostate Cancer Mobile Screening Service, said that prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in Nigeria and pledged to tackle it.
Sanni noted that many Nigerians may not have access to prostate cancer screening due to growing poverty in the country except they have access to free screening.
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Foundation launches $10 million free prostate cancer screening