The Air Force yesterday opened a cancer screening centre and registry in Kaduna State.
Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was represented by the Air Officer Commanding, Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Nurudeen Balogun, said in the last 18 months, the Air Force established hospitals, expanded and upgraded 33 health care facilities.
Balogun noted that the establishment of screening centres in hospitals will enable officers, dependants and the public access medical services, thereby ensuring early diagnosis and treatment.
His words: “The health of an individual is one of the most essential pre-requisite to carry out his or her duties effectively and efficiently. When an officer or airman is unwell, not only will he or she be unable to do his job properly, but his safety and that of the equipment he is working with becomes compromised.
“Hence, the cost to the service could be unimaginable if we neglect the health of our personnel and dependants.
“It is for this reason that we have, in the last 18 months, embarked on the general upgrade of our medical facilities, which saw the establishment of hospitals, expansion of existing ones and provision of modern high-tech equipment to virtually all existing 33 facilities.
“We have made significant efforts in addressing the manpower problem in the medical trade through increased enlistment of professionals. This is evident as the medical trade had a total of 21 officers among the inaugurated DSSC 25, which passed out on December 16.
“It is hoped that these cancer screening centres will provide our personnel and their families, as well the people around our base, the opportunity to carry out regular checks to detect cancers early enough.”
Chief Medical Officer Air Vice Marshal Saleh Shinkafi said the facility was equipped to cater for different types of cancer and treatment at an early stage.
He added that the centre will provide best of training facilities to health care providers, both within and outside the Air Force.