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NGOs create anti-cancer App, trains corps members

The “Arm Our Youths Health Campaign,” a technology-driven anti-breast and Anti-cervical cancer initiative, has begun across the 37 orientation camps of the National Youth Service Corps scheme’s Batch A, Stream One.

The OCI Foundation, an international NGO, is collaborating with the Nigeria Cancer Society and the Nigerian First Ladies Against Cancer, as well as another NGO, Sweet Home Humanitarian Foundation, to conduct the Programme with the NYSC.

In preparation for the statewide roll-out, the Foundation trained NYSC personnel from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in October 2021.

In preparation for the statewide roll-out, the Foundation taught NYSC personnel from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in October 2021. 

The training covered the functionality of the CerviBreast Mobile Phone Application developed by the Foundation to aid in the early diagnosis of breast and cervical cancers.

The Foundation also established a digital cervical cancer screening centre in the FCT.

Mrs Ujunwa Ubboe and Mrs Helen Sakyenu, who trained NYSC anchors for the Programme in Anambra and Katsina States, reminded corps members that the App would provide them with the necessary preventive information, including Nollywood-themed movies relevant to breast and cervical cancers.

They said after 3 weeks of orientation and additional online courses, corps members may well be prepared to pass on the knowledge they have gained to other adolescents in their host communities.

Tens of thousands of corps members in 26 states and the FCT have already benefited, and the other 11 states will be covered in the coming days.

The Nigerian First Lady, Aisha Buhari, launched the Anti-Cancer Health Campaign in Abuja on February 3, 2022.

Reporting by Sandra Udeke, Editing by Saadatu Albashir