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Cancer may afflict 30m people globally by 2030- NGO

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An NGO, the Dove-Haven Foundation (DHF), quoting Global Cancer Statistics (GLOBOCAN) has said that about 30 million people will be living with cancer globally by the year 2030 if nothing was done.

DHF is a not-for-profit, non-political, Non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Isanlu, Yagba East Local Government Area (LGA), Kogi State, Nigeria, with a focus on rural community cancer awareness.

The DHF’s Executive Director, Dr Ekundayo Samuel, made the disclosure at a sensitisation program on Monday, in Isanlu, tagged: ”The role of transportation workers in cancer control”,

Samuel stated that the event was organised to enlighten transportation workers and other relevant stakeholders on their role in cancer control and how they can join the fight against cancer.

The continuous rise in the incidence of cancer in Nigeria, Africa, and globally was of great concern, he said while emphasising projections by GLOBOCAN that by the year 2030, about 30 million people will be living with cancer.

He added that the projection also showed that one in two persons would have one form of cancer or another by 2030 if nothing was done.

Represented by Mrs Eunice Olure, a Community Health and extension worker of DHF, Samuel stressed that Nigeria had an estimated 100,000 new cases of cancer in 2020, as reported by GLOBOCAN.

He reiterated that the event was organised in pursuit of the organisation’s aim of reducing the threats posed by cancer in the spirit of giving back to society.

”We believe in inclusion because that is the best and quickest way to overcome the plague called cancer. Everybody needs to be involved”, he said.

He noted that the organisation’s vision was to see a world free of cancer threats, saying that activities were lined up for the day to allow the participants to play their part in cancer control.

A guest speaker, Dr Nasir Abdullah, Medical Officer-in-Charge, General Hospital, Isanlu, who spoke on “Cancer and its causes”, said that cancer always resulted from the inappropriate, abnormal, and excessive procreation of cells.

According to Abdullah, cancer can affect any part of the body, but mostly affects five body parts, including the breast, lungs, prostate, cervix, and intestines; and does not discriminate based on age, status, race, or colour.

He emphasised the need for early presentation for screening and stern evaluation of one’s lifestyle.

On her part, Mrs Emily Baba, the Family Planning Lead, Yagba East LGA, spoke on “Cancer control and the role of the transport workers in preventing the spread of cancer”.

She said that exhausts from mechanical machines like motorcycles, tricycles, and cars were the major triggers of cancer formation urging people to be conscious and more sensitive to changes in their body, and regularly consult medical personnel for advice and screening, if necessary.

She advised people to eat a healthy diet and engage in adequate physical exercise for at least 30 minutes daily.

In their separate comments, the Chairmen of Branch 1 and 2, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Yagba East, Sunday Abiodun and Femi Job, respectively, thanked DHF for including them in the fight against cancer.

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The Federal Ministry of Niger Delta and the implementers of living lab in  Nigeria,  Green Sahara Farms have begun plans to establish a living lab for nature and people in the Niger Delta in a bid to find balance between human needs and nature”


The aim is to transition from a fossil based linear economy to a circular bio economy with landscape restoration as a foundation  and in the case of the Niger Delta, the restoration of mangrove plantation would be the foundation for the transition.


The  living lab will also focus on the usage of renewable natural resources instead of petrochemicals which cause damage to the environment as a base resource in  agro forestry, medicine, housing,bio fertilizers,bio pharmaceuticals” .


The minister of State Niger Delta Sharon ikoeazor drew  attention to   divestment by major oil companies in the Niger Delta to invest in sustainable ventures.


She lamented that the devastation caused by the activities of oil companies in the Niger Delta has caused loss of livelihoods and other social and economic problems.


“Today, environmental degradation is not the problem of the Niger Delta or Nigeria but a global problem which affects everyone on earth. The recent global climate related calamities and the growth of investment in alternative and renewable energy It is important the Niger Delta is prepared for life after oil.”


The Minister stressed that partnerships like this which has the community at the center of economic restoration of the devastated landscape will provide a more sustainable source of livelihoods to the citizens of the Delta.


The founder/CEO of Green Sahara farms  Suleiman Dikwa noted that for the first time in History there is an alignment of interest between the west and the underdeveloped world as activities of a rural fisherman affects the life of the residents of Seoul ,New York Paris,Tokyo etc.


He stressed that everyone has agreed that conservation is no longer sustainable but to adapt business models  which create sustainable  economic activities while  restoring landscapes.


Dikwa explained that the CBA had  developed a holistic approach to reimagine and develop an economy built on landscape restoration.from housing, biopharmaceuticals, bioenergy,biiferilizers for regenerative agriculture ,aesthetic and spiritual harmony .


Also speaking at the occasion the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry.Mr Olufunso Adebiyi stressed the need for the ministry to develop competencies in climate adaptation economic models with a view to meeting the SDGs target as a core function of the ministry.


It provides an alternative source of financing sustainable development in the Niger Delta and opens a more sustainable approach to climate action in the Niger Delta.


The Director of Economic Development in the Ministry Mr Patrick Nyamo’ stated that the ministry has various social programs that they could not execute due to lack of funds and finding a synergy between social, economic and environmental objectives will enable an alternative source of financing social and environmental challenges sustainably and prepare the Niger Delta for life after oil.

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