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Zainab Bagudu Emerges First African Elected To Cancer Board



Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, wife of the Kebbi state governor, has been elected into the Union for International Cancer Control, the global body for the control of cancer.

Bagudu who is the founder, Medicaid Cancer Foundation MCF is the only African to have been elected to the board.

At a cancer awareness parley with journalists  in Abuja, Chief Operating Officer of the MCF, Dr Suraiya Mansur Mohammed expressed optimism that Dr Bagudu’s new position would assist in cancer control in Nigeria.

She said the foundation which has trained hundreds of healthcare workers in Kebbi state is moving to spread its tentacles to the six geopolitical zones, explaining that the 1million man Cancer Awareness Walk slated for Saturday in Abuja would help in creating awareness on the disease and generate funds for the expansion of the foundation’s activities.

“Recently, the founder got elected to the board of Union for International Cancer Control UICC. This is the leading body in cancer control throughout the world. She is the first to be elected to that seat in the while of Africa and we are sure that with her current position on the board, she will be able to impact positively on the status of patients and improve on cancer control in Nigeria and the entire continent”, she said.

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