Keeping up with the theme of the 3rd year anniversary ‘ Cancer awareness and control’, on Friday 30th of September 2016 the city of Ibadan played host to many of the finest medical minds in Nigeria courtesy of the ABC Foundation’s medical symposium and workshop.

The medical symposium was hosted by the Foundation in a bid to bring together medial experts and discuss the theme ‘ The role of HPV testing in cervical cancer control in Nigeria.’ The main purpose of the symposium was to increase awareness on cervical cancer in Nigeria, provide suitable solutions for effective population-based screening and importantly, stimulate the discussion associated with developing a comprehensive national guideline for cervical control in Nigeria.

The event was chaired by Emeritus Prof. O. Akinkugbe (CFR) who delivered the opening remarks; the keynote address on the symposium theme was delivered by Prof. I. Adewole, Honourable Minister for Health, Federal Ministry of Nigeria. Other presentations were made by Prof. I. Akinola, Prof. R. Anorlu and Dr. A. Odukogbe on ‘An Overview of Cervical Cancer’, ‘HIV and Cervical Cancer – Double Jeopardy in Nigerian Women’ and ‘Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Control’ respectively. Presentations by Roche diagnostics, éclat healthcare and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) were made.

Other dignitaries from various socio-political spheres were in attendance including; Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Executive Governor of Oyo State and his wife Mrs Florence Ajimobi, Founder of the Foundation, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, wife of the Governor of Lagos State. Others such as Erelu Bisi Fayemi, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, Prof. Durosinmi – Etti (CFR) and Prof. T. Alonge were also in attendance.

The symposium was concluded with a tour of the Foundation’s facilities with the emphasis being placed on the Roche Cobas 4800 HPV screening machine used for cervical cancer screening.

Mrs Florence Ajimobi making her speech to the audience.

A slide from the Honourable Minister’s presentation.

Cross-section of the audience at the symposium

Mrs Florence Ajimobi welcoming the Honourable Minister of Health, Prof. I. Adewole.

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