…lauds Glory Edet on sponsorships
By Emmanuel Sampson
National Association of Akwa Ibom Medical Students (NAAKIMS Worldwide) in collaboration with Dr. Glory Edet, Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture, Akwa Ibom State has joined the rest of the world to commemorate the World Cancer Day by hosting cancer change awareness and campaigns for secondary school students and villagers in Ini Community Secondary School, Ikpe Ikot Nkon and it environs.
Speaking at the 2021 edition of World Cancer Day,(WCD) which has as it Theme; I am and I will, Utomobong Udo the president of the student Doctors in the state said Cancer, is the second leading cause of death globally, explained it to mean uncontrolled growth of a group of cells in the body. Which can occur at any age, if not detected at the right time and not treated can increase the risk of death.
Comr. Udo urged Government to put in place effective cancer prevention policies that would ensure that all Nigerians are covered in order to have good cancer prevention outcomes in the country.
He said “We need to look at how we can handle all preventable cancers. Breast, cervical, prostate cancers are preventable, nobody should die of preventable cancers in the country.”
In an interviewed with Dr. Ime Udoh Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association NMA, Akwa Ibom State. He explained that World Cancer Day, celebrated on February 4th yearly, is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and is marked by countries all around the world.
Dr. Udoh noted that the aim of the day was to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer and putting pressure on governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease. He called on government to increased awareness of the disease provide adequate funding to improve healthcare services in Nigeria.
On his part Dr. Abraham Asuquo Anlack. Chairman NMA National Committee on health promotion , explained that the best way to prevent the disease is early diagnosis which according to him can help reduce deaths from cancer-related illnesses.
Anlack appealed to the media to tell positive stories from cancer patients and survivors by amplifying the message that cancer can be overcome through early diagnosis, appropriate treatment, care and support.
The two medical experts lauded Dr Glory Edet for identifying with medical students by sponsoring such a wonderful programme, called on other political class, corporate bodies and good spirited individuals to emulate her gesture.
The President took out time to appreciate Dr Glory Edet ,The Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture for specifically ensuring the events was successful.
He also thank Dr Ime S Udoh -NMA chairman,Akwa Ibom state,Elder Dr Enoobong Akpan-Chairman NAGGMDP, Akwa Ibom state ,Dr Abraham Anlack -Chairman National Committee on Health promotion Nigerian Medical Association,Dr Sunday Micah,Dr Otuekong phomous ,Dr Uduak UKoh,Comr Bassey Udofia and Theresa Nde for the separate role they played to ensure the programme was a Success.
The students at the end of the hectic exercises visited the village head of Ikpe Ikot Nkon Chief Ndueso Bassey where he poured his Royal blessing on their academic success
The student Doctor’s was led by Comr. Utomobong Udo, NAAKIMS Worldwide President.,Dr Otuekong Phamous, Former worldwide president of NAAKIMS ,and Executive members of the Association.