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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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Uganda, Pan America Health, Others, To Hold Future Of Global Health Security Panel Summit

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Joel Ajayi

The Pan American Health Organization, Panelists from Uganda’s Ministry of Health, the Kenya Red Cross, Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Resolve to Save Lives will, on Thursday, hold an event on the success stories on the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak response, how countries can identify potential threats, coordinate responses and effectively communicate to the general public that would help to save more lives.

According to the schedule of the event made available to THE GLEAMER NEWS by Associate Director, Communications Rolf Rosenkranz, on Wednesday in Abuja revealed that, the high-level panelists from Uganda’s Ministry of Health, the Kenya Red Cross, Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Pan American Health Organization and Resolve to Save Lives will discuss success stories of outbreak response, how countries can identify potential threats, coordinate responses and effectively communicate as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

“When COVID-19 hit, the world was not ready. The pandemic has revealed gaps in how the world thinks about, implements and measures epidemic preparedness. It has reinforced the need to work together to prepare for and respond to the next public health threat and reminds us that we are all connected.

“Following the release of its interactive, digital report  “Epidemics that Didn’t Happen”, Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, will host a virtual event to discuss lessons from past outbreaks, preparedness successes and the need to prioritize funding to fight the next pandemic. Ahead of the Global Health Summit and World Health Assembly, the event will show how it is within our power to build a world that is safer and more secure from future health emergencies. Panelists will discuss how global leaders can invest time and resources for preparedness so we’re all better prepared for the next pandemic.”

The speaker includes, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Republic of Uganda, Dr. Sylvain Aldighieri, Deputy Director for Health Emergencies, Pan American Health, Organization (PAHO), Annette Msabeni-Ngoye, Deputy Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross, Betsy McKay, Senior Writer, Wall Street Journal amongst other.”

Also, ahead of the Global Health Summit and World Health Assembly, the event will show how it is within our power to build a world that is safer and more secure from future health emergencies. Panelists will discuss how global leaders can invest time and resources for preparedness so we’re all better prepared for the next pandemic.

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