The Director of the Union for International Cancer Control, Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, says that 26 women die of cervical cancer daily in Nigeria, with more than 36.59 million at risk globally.
Shinkafi-Bagudu, who is the founder Medicaid Cancer Foundation, made this known in Argungu Local Government Area of Kebbi at the 2020 World Polio Day.
She said, More than 36.59 million women are at risk of cervical cancer globally and 26 die of the disease on daily basis in Nigeria.
She says Nigeria has the highest cancer death rate in Africa.
According to her, the country is set to commence the vaccination against the disease sequel to the adoption of a global strategy by World Health Organization to eliminate cervical cancer by 2030.
In his remarks, Dr Razi Muktar a representative of WHO acknowledged the role played by the traditional institution in the fight against the disease , especially the Emir of Argungu Alhaji Samaila Mera.
Muktar assured of more support to the state in implementing all interventions in order to improve its health indices, especially routine immunization.
Also a representative of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency Shehu Abdul-Ganiyu, stressed the need for continued polio immunization in spite of the polio-free certification of Nigeria.
He also tasked traditional and religious leaders as well as other stakeholders to sustain advocacy and mobilization of women to attend ante-natal care facilities nearest to them.