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International Research Journal of Public and Environmental Health
Vol.3 (2),pp. 28-31, February 2016
ISSN 2360-8803
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IRJPEH/
DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.15739/irjpeh.16.005
Article 16/ID/JPRH009/ 04 pages
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Short Communication

Assessment of health facilities providing cervical cancer screening services in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State, Nigeria

Mba C J1 and *Ndie E.C2

1Department of Nursing Science,Bayero University Kano, Nigeria.
2Department of nursing, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria.

*Corresponding Author Email: chubike05(at)yahoo.com

Tel.:+2347066789961



date Received: January 16, 2016     date Accepted: February 8, 2016     date Published: February 12, 2016


 Abstract

This study was undertaken to assess the availability of cervical cancer screening services in health facilities in Nasarawa local Government area (LGA) of Kano State. A cross sectional descriptive survey was used to assess the availability of cancer screening services in health facilities in the LGA. Data were collected using questionnaire as well as checklist and data analyzed using Minitab. Results showed that the availability of cervical cancer screening is grossly low (4.8%) in health facilities in Nasarawa LGA as only one secondary facility is offering the services. Pap smear and fine needle aspiration cytology were the only available screening services provided.  Majority of the respondents (95.2%) gave lack of equipment, inadequate facility and lack of trained providers as factors responsible for non- availability. In conclusion, availability of cervical cancer screening services in health facilities in Nasarawa LGA is very poor. Cervical cancer screening services should be made available and affordable to women.


Key words: health facilities, cervical cancer, screening services


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