EXQUISITE MAGAZINE, organizers of the EMAC smearathon and Smearit walk recently screened a hundred women in the rural community of Agege.
The exercise which took place on the 29th of May, a public holiday, had many women in attendance. The activities started with a brief speech on the importance of cervical cancer prevention through screening by the founder EMAC events, Mrs Tewa Onasanya. Ms Damilola Owolabi, CEO Dreg Waters spoke on the why they partnered with Exquisite magazine and a lecture was given by Dr Kerry who intimated on the need to get screened, the myths and worries affecting the preventable yet curable disease.
The speakers emphasized on the need to get screened and encouraged all women to seize the opportunity when they can, than being ignorant. According to Mrs Tewa Onasanya, “it is unacceptable that women in Nigeria are dying from a preventable cancer”, she urged everyone to tell all the women in their lives about getting screened for cervical cancer and for all pre teen and teenagers to be vaccinated before they become sexually active.
While speaking at the event, the Chief Executive Officer of Dreg Waters Petroleum and Logistics, Damilola Owolabi expressed concerns about the rate at which cervical cancer takes the life of women in society. “Most women are unaware that cervical cancer is totally preventable, all they need to do is to check regularly and keep being healthy,” she noted.
Owolabi further explained that, “At Dreg Waters, we appreciate the value that women add to our community, as such we are delighted to partner with Exquisite Magazine Annual Cancer Event (EMAC) on the “Smearit” project to provide free cervical cancer screening and awareness to the women of Agege, Lagos.”
One of the participants at the event, Chief (Mrs.) Aruwajoye, a retiree, explained that, “We were enlightened on the importance of regular checks in order to prevent breast and cervical cancer. And with the screening, we now know our status, and we are properly guided on how to keep fit and healthy. All thanks to the organisers of the event.”
The EMAC May 29th smearathon is powered by Exquisite Magazine and was sponsored by DREG WATERS PETROLEUM AND LOGISTICS and supported by Agege Health Center (Family Planning Unit).