From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State
A group of NGOs, Civil Society for Cancer Eradication in Nigeria (CISCANEN) over the weekend carried out a sensitisation and awareness campaign on the danger of cancer and how it could be managed or prevented.
Mrs Roseline Alabi, the North Central Coordinator of CISCANEN, told journalists during a Health Walk for Cancer in Lokoja, that the organisation was an umbrella of all other civil society organisations working on cancer.
“The health walk today is to mark the ‘World Cancer Day 2018′, and this is the first edition. We want to create awareness on cancer because we have had several deaths of unreported cases of cancer.
“Some people associated cancer to witchcraft, but we want to sensitise them that most a time it is not witchcraft; If you notice any pain in your breast or any part of your body, you should go to the nearest clinic for medical check up.
“That is why we are interfacing with Kogi Government today to partner with our organisation, and we are doing a health walk to government house and other places, starting from the office our Patron, Mr Femi Akande.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna, commended the CISCANEN for the health initiative to promote the action of the World Cancer Day.
Haruna, who was represented by Dr Ayo Olayemi, the Director of Public Health, told journalists that the idea of the health walk was primarily to sensitise the people to know what cancer was all about.
According to him, the state government have a unit in the ministry called “Non Communicable Disease Unit”, where are so many diseases under that unit, such as sickle cell, diabetes, cancer and among others.
“For now, what we do occasionally is to carry out awareness campaign on these diseases including cancer; and at the state and local government levels, we have health educators who are doing the campaign.
“Cancer is a very broad word and can affect anybody, any sex or age, but some are common among men while some among women, and children.
“The idea is that people should seek knowledge, even avoiding some certain food can save one from some types of cancer. If you smoke you can get cancer of the lung and any woman who get involved in early sex can get cancer of the crevice.
“If you noticed any abnormal growth in your body, seek medical advice, because some of them if detected very early are treatable, such as cancer of the breast,” the commissioner said.
Earlier, Mr Femi Akande, the Managing Director of Treasure Bakery, who is the Patron of CISCANEN said that the program was organised by the civil society in Nigeria, to mark the World Cancer Day 2018.
“Being the State Patron, they decided to kick start the health walk from Treasure’ s Premises. We intend to reach out to everyone because cancer is a scourge that is seriously killing people even more than HIV AIDS.
Dr Ahmed Attah, SA to Kogi Governor on Health Matters, who addressed the group at the Government House, on behalf of the governor commended the group for the great initiative.
According to him, we are celebrating the World Cancer Day, and carrying out this Health Walk in Lokoja the State capital is a wonderful thing.
“We all know the burden of cancer in Kogi, Nigeria and globally. Cancer is high burden that affect adult and children, old and young, male and female, white and black, rich and poor, all tribes and languages.