08 Mar 2023 Gynocular Digital Cancer Screening: Nigerian Prisons/Correctional Services Meet with OCI Foundation’s for Staff Screening; As Foundation Re-trains Team
Tuesday March 7, 2023: As part of its quest to promote anti-cervical cancer services to Nigerians, the OCI Foundation’s team on Gynocular Project met with the leadership of the Nigerian Correctional (Prisons) Services at their office headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.
The OCI Foundation was led by its Director of Gynocular Project, Dr Fatima Anga Inusa. Other team members at the event were Lovelyn Igbozurike and Zana Dagu.
The Correctional Services team were led by ACG. Muhammad Gombe, the Assistant Controller General, Public Health Department. Others at the meeting were Mr Damilola, Mrs. Utit, and Mrs Rifkatu.
Once the logistics are agreed on and sorted, the Foundation will be embarking on the digital screening of the female staff of this Nigerian government parastatal, along with their eligible family members.
The OCI Foundation’s GYNOCULAR PROJECT, strongly supported by the Swedish company, Gynius AB, offers an advanced and reliable cervical screening test to Nigerians. On February 3, 2022, the OCI Foundation’s Apo PHC Gynocular Center was commissioned by Nigeria’s Honourable Minister for the FCT, Her Excellency, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu (with detailsHERE).
The Gynocular Project is part of the OCI Foundation novel anti-cancer health initiative tagged Arm Our Youths (ArOY) Health Campaign targeting all of the 36 states of Nigeria (and the FCT).
The Gynocular has cutting edge optics and LED technology, and can be used in any health setting in the world (both urban and rural). It will be very suitable for remote locations in Nigeria, and can be used by any staff trained to do so, not necessarily medical practitioners. In addition to offering highly subsidized services to all the states of Nigeria during the ArOY Health Campaign roll outs in the respective states, the OCI Foundation intends to set up permanent screening centres in its Awka and Abuja locations, where the services will be rendered in an ongoing basis at token fees to Nigerian women, irrespective of their states of origin, tribe, or religious and political affiliations. The OCI Foundation, along with Gynius AB, intend to cover all parts of Nigeria, with time.
Recently, serving youth corps members with Nigeria’s National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Africa’s largest youth organisation, promoted the Gynolcular Project to Nigerian’s as part of the Second Edition of the OCI Foundation-sponsored VLS Social Media Contest.