World Cancer Day Sensitization

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In celebration of World Cancer Day themed “I AM AND I WILL”, Africa Global Empowerment & Development Network (AGED-Network) in collaboration with Mendlife Global Foundation and the Nigerian Red Cross Society, FCT Branch visited Sheikh Abubakar Gummi Academy in Asokoro and Wuse General Hospital sensitizing the youth and general public on “Awareness on Cancer-Free Society”. The awareness was centred on cancer, its effect, its diagnosis and preventions.
The team led by Joy Ezekiel, Assistant Programmes Director, program staffs of AGEDNetwork, members of Nigerian Red Cross Society and Mendlife Global Foundation were warmly received by the principal of Sheikh Abubakar Gummi Academy, Mallam Abu Sufyan Inuwa Paris. He requested that the sensitization should centre on breast cancer because it’s a major concern for the female student who had been enquiring about it from the female teachers and though it wise that the response will be better handled by a more competent and professional person. Dr. Sally Madufu, a Histopatologist representing the Nigerian Red Cross Society explained the subject of cancer, its types, causes and prevention. After the sensitization, the principal recommended the organisation should appeal to the government to commission the already existing Cancer centre by Former First Lady of Nigeria (Hajiya Turai Umar Musa Yar’Adua) and more cancer screening centres should be established across the geographical location in Nigeria.

The team further commenced to Wuse General Hospital and were received by, where they Nurse Chinwe Onwueyiagba from the Compound office and then proceeded to the Gynaecology wards where a good number of women were sensitized on cancer. The team couldn’t achieved one of its objectives of having a success from cancer survivors to inspire other cancer patient because the hospital doesn’t have a Cancer

Africa Global Empowerment & Development Network intends to partner with foreign donors and carry out advocacy work for the commissioning of at least one Cancer centres in the 6 Geographical zones in Nigeria to help spread the awareness of cancer as well as treat cancer survivors. These centres will also serve as support centre for those battling with cancer.