Paschal Emeka, Abuja | November 22, 2022
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) in partnership with Takem Empowerment Initiatives (TEIs), a Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) has recently concluded Cancer Awareness Campaign and free cancer test for traders in FCT markets.
The two organizations had embarked cancer awareness campaign, moving from one market to the other in the nation’s capital, and in the process conducted free cancer tests for the traders, their customers, and passersby, even as they also extended the services to diabetes, as the event coincided with 2022 World Diabetes Day.
Speaking to our correspondent at Kado Fish Market, Kado district, FCT, was their woman leader, Mrs. (Princess) Valentina Ozigbo – Adefioye, who commended the two organizations for their generosity and selfless services to humanity.
She informed me that the program was free of charge and urged the government at all levels to support the continuation of the program.
The Chairman of the Traders Association in AMAC Market, Lugbe, Airport Road, Abuja, Joseph C. Ihekire, and the Association’s Women Leader, Mrs. Florence Fadairo similarly lauded the initiative.
According to the Chairman, traders especially women embraced the program. He however advised those who did not participate to desist from doing that as no knowledge is a waste.
“It is good to pursue money, but better to ensure that you take care of yourself, because, it is when you have good health, that you will think of money. So good health first and material wealth later,” he advised.
The President of the NGO, TEIs, Chief (Mrs.) Rachael Adewumi said: “We have been going to markets to create awareness on cancer and ensure that our traders take care of themselves. We have been taking their blood pressure and their sugar levels, as the program coincides with the 2022 World Diabetes Day because some of them are very busy; they don’t have time to go to hospitals. So, when the MWAN said that they wanted to create awareness on cancer, my NGO had to collaborate with them and ensure that we enter markets.”
“Most of them don’t know their blood pressure or their sugar levels. With this test now, they have known their blood pressure and sugar levels and it will make them seek timely medical interventions”
Similarly, the President, of the FCT chapter of the MWAN, Eze – Boulhassane Jenifer Chinwe said that their interest was not only to stamp out cancer in Nigeria but also to reduce its incidence and that diabetes amongst the people.