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MTN Foundation to commission mammography centre in Edo

Published by Tribune on Thu, 09 Aug 2012

The battle to stall the rising incidence of breast cancer-related death in Nigeria has received a major boost as MTN Foundation concludes plans to commission its mammography centre at the Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo StateThe mammography centre in Edo State is one of the six established across the country under the MTNF Medical Support Project (MSP), introduced in 2009 to assist in providing critical health infrastructure in public hospitals in the country.According to Akinwale Goodluck, Corporate Services Executive, MTN Nigeria, we are extremely delighted to see the manifestation of the partnership between MTN Foundation and the government of Edo State in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, especially in the areas of health in the state. We are indeed very happy to provide this facility for use by the people of Edo State and its environs,' he addedHe posited that the widespread availability of the mammography centres will make it much more convenient and affordable for women to undergo regular screening. In addition, medical practitioners are at an advantage in advising their formerly reluctant patients to engage in this screening as the availability and affordability makes more women more disposed to it. This, he noted will ultimately reduce the high level of mortality resulting from the scourge of breast cancer.Each MTNF Mammography Center consists a mammography machine, including compression paddle, exposure control box, face shield, manuals set, standard accessory options such as radiation shield, bucky, cytoguide, stereotactic biopsy system and consumables. Also provided at the centre is a 20 KVA generator, 2Hp Air conditioners, and application training/retraining for relevant staff.Mammography centres are currently operational at the General Hospital Marina, Lagos; University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu; Uthman Dan Fodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Federal Medical Centre,Nguru, Yobe; and Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Kogi State.Under the MTNF Medical Support Projects 12 Haemodialysis centres were also established in public hospitals across the country for the management of kidney related diseases. To date, over N900 million has been commited to the project by MTN Foundation.Currently, MTN foundation has 319 projects sites in 36 states and the FCT aimed at improving the quality of life in the area of Health, Education and Economic Empowerment in communities across the country.
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