These Set Of People Stand A High Risk Of Cancer

NOWA, 500 women, breast cancerThe Director of Public Health, Ogun State Ministry of Health, Dr. Quudus Yusuf, says smokers and sex merchants are more susceptible to cancer disease.

He stated this in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, during a cancer enlightenment campaign.

According to him, heavy smokers and sex workers stand 95% risk of getting infected with cancer, adding that cervical cancer, the most common of the disease in the female gender, could also be sexually transmitted if not detected early.

Categorizing the disease into two, Dr. Yusuf said malignant cancer, the most deadly form of the disease was associated with breast, lungs and prostrate, while benign tumour cancer, a swelling of organs of the body could easily be managed.

He said the state government was doing a lot to reduce its prevalence through awareness, pointing out that the uplift programme of the wife of the Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, placed priority on free cancer screenings and treatment for infected people across the state.

The director highlighted some of its symptoms to include loss of appetite, low blood level, loss of weight, changes in skin and unusual enlargement of organs in the body.

He however noted that with regular medication and radiotherapy, cancer could be managed.

Furthermore, he urged members of the public to always visit the hospital for regular checkup, as he stated that the State Hospital, Ijaye Abeokuta as well as that of Ota, are adequately equipped with state of the art equipment to handle such cases.

Olufunso Amosun Reaches Out To Less Privileged In Ogun

Olufunso Amosun, Ogun, Less PrivilegedWife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, has reached out to the less privileged in the three senatorial districts of the state.

In the spirit of the Christmas celebration, the Governor’s wife, her children and spouses of government officials embarked on food outreach programme in Ogun State.

The team, under the aegis of the Uplift Development Foundation, the first lady’s pet programme, distributed rice and cash gift to residents of Ijebu Ode, Ado-Odo Ota, Abeokuta, Sagamu, Obada and Ewekoro among other areas in the state in southwest Nigeria.

Highlighting the significance of the exercise, Mrs Amosun said that the economic hardship facing Nigeria made the gesture necessary.

She stressed that the foundation decided to make the people happy and celebrate their Christmas with joy by reaching out to them.

The governor’s wife noted that the foundation would continue to uplift people and provide succor to the less privileged in the society, irrespective of their religion or political affiliation.

7,000 Women Get Free Cancer Screening In Cross River

Cancer screening in Cross River stateAt least 7,000 women across the 18 local government areas of Cross River State have benefited from free breast screening.

It was a pink Tuesday in Calabar, the state capital as the breast cancer awareness was flagged off.

Scores of women and some men marched through the streets to educate residents on the need to prevent and control the disease that has killed thousands owing to late detection.

Children were not also left out as they danced to music while the older ones handed informative fliers to the people of the state.

Mammograms and ultrasound scans were carried out to detect and immediately treat any cancers found in the women.

A public health practitioner, Dr. Betta Edu, underscored the importance of examination even in the absence of symptoms.

Face Reality

A cancer specialist, Clement Sunday, also stressed that a high percentage of cancer deaths could be avoided if detected early and by modifying risk factors such as unhealthy diets.

“There are people who still live in self-denial that cancer does not exist. That has to change.

“People need to wake up and face the reality because if you don’t acknowledge a problem, it might be very difficult to fight that problem.

“The recent study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that about 100,000 people die of cancer every year in Nigeria,” he said.

The event was part of activities to mark the World Breast Cancer Day which is commemorated in solidarity with people who have lost their loved ones to cancer and those currently battling the deadly disease.

Avert Unnecessary Deaths

There were also activities in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria, where the wife of State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, donated an ultra-modern cancer centre each at the general hospital in Abeokuta and Sango, as well as the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu area of the state.

For her, this was in a bid to avert unnecessary deaths as a result of cancer.

Mrs Amosun said that the development would enhance easy access to treatment against cervical and breast cancer by indigent women in Ogun State.

She expressed concern about the pandemic which had led to unnecessary deaths in the state and across the country.

The first lady further tasked stakeholders to take immediate and proactive measures in increasing awareness and treatment against the deadly disease.


Olufunso Amosun Donates Three Cancer Centres In Ogun

Olufunso Amosun, Cancer, OgunWife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, has donated an ultra-modern cancer centre each at the general hospital in Abeokuta and Sango, as well as the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu area of the state.

Mrs Amosun says the donation is in a bid to ensure easy access to treatment against cervical and breast cancer by indigent women in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

At the commissioning of the centres, the first lady said she was concerned about the pandemic which had led to unnecessary deaths in the state and across the country.

She, however, used the auspicious occasion to task stakeholders to take immediate and proactive measures in increasing awareness and treatment against the deadly disease.

The commissioning of the centres was witnessed by development partners, traditional rulers, medical experts and members of the State Executive Council.

The Ogun State Chairperson of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Stella Ogunmuyiwa, commended the gesture of the first lady.

On his part, the Commissioner of Health, Babatunde Ipaye, expressed hope that the gesture would go a long way in reducing avoidable deaths through cervical and breast cancer.

He urged women across the state to take full advantage of the facilities for screening and early detection of the disease for treatment.

Poverty Alleviation: Olufunso Amosun Urges Support For Struggling Nigerians

Olufunsho Amosun, Poverty AlleviationWife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, has appealed to well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to help alleviate poverty among the less privileged.

She asked them to do more in coming to the needs of the lower citizens, especially in the period of the harsh economy.

Mrs Amosun made the call at an outreach programme on Monday in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state.

The programme was lined up to mark the “International Day for the Eradication of Poverty” in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.

The governor’s wife donated various food items and cash to about 200 residents, as part of her contribution towards eradicating poverty among the people.

Some of the beneficiaries commended the first lady for her gesture.

They said it would go a long way to cushion the effects of Nigeria’s economic challenges.

Ogun First Lady Leads Cancer Awareness Campaign In Abeokuta

Amosun-MrsThe wife of the  Ogun State governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, has called  for  immediate efforts by individuals and corporate organisations in stepping up action to curb the menace of breast and cervical cancer.

She expressed optimism that the collaboration would save the womenfolk from untimely death.

Mrs Amosun made the call in Abeokuta, the state’s capital while leading an awareness campaign on cancer.

Campaigns were held at motor parks, markets and major streets in the state’s capital

As part of her contributions, the wife of the governor donated a cancer screening  centre located in Abeokuta.

According to statistics, about 10,000 women died of breast cancer yearly in nigeria while about 250,000 new cases are found yearly.

The State Commissioner of Health, Babatunde Ipaye and the Chief Medical Director, Ladehinde Omokayode of the State General Hospital appreciated the gesture of the first lady promising to put the facility to good use.

The cancer screening centre is being replicated at other two centres in the state.

While this effort is being intensified, early screening and detection have been emphasised, as experts said they remain the best options.

Ogun Govt. Adopts Chained Boy, Korede Taiwo

Korede Taiwo, Ogun StateOgun State government has adopted a nine-year-old boy, Korede Taiwo, who was chained by his pastor father for an alleged stealing habit.

The state government also promised to take care of the young boy’s educational needs among others.

The disclosure was made on Tuesday by the Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Modupe Mujota.

She spoke while the wife of the Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun and other members of the State Executive Council paid a visit to the boy.

The Commissioner for Justice, Olumide Ayeni, also said that the government has commenced a legal process to bring to justice, all actors in the case of Korede Taiwo so as to serve as a deterrent to others.

Korede is being treated for child abuse and chronic malnutrition at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba in Abeokuta, the state capital in southwest Nigeria.

He is said to be in good condition and responding to treatment.

Mr Francis Taiwo, Korede’s father had confirmed to Channels Television that he actually chained his son, saying his action was borne out of his desire to rid the boy of his ‘stealing spirit’.

He said that he felt the young boy was possessed and after consulting with some spiritualists, he was advised to chain the boy to rid him of the evil spirit.

Amosun, Wife Advocate Hygienic Environment In Ogun

Amosun-Environment-OgunThe Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and his wife, Olufunso have led an awareness campaign on the need for a greener environment.

The campaign was part of measures to safe humanity from the current scourge of the effects of depletion of the ozone layer, which has resulted in the excessive heat being experienced across Nigeria.

Addressing market men and women, as well as people of the state during the walk on Friday, Mrs Amosun asked residents to be more responsible and responsive to the environment in order to ensure a healthy life for all.

The awareness campaign was taken round major markets and streets in Abeokuta the state capital.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Information, Dayo Adeneye, also joined the league where residents were enlightened on the need to maintain good personal hygiene to reduce outbreak of diseases.

Aisha Buhari Launches Health Initiative In Ogun

Aisha Buhari Launches Free Health Screening In OgunThe wife of Nigeria’s President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has launched her health initiative, the ‘Future Assured Initiative’ towards reducing child mortality rate in Ogun State communities.

The launching took place on Thursday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital where at least 5,000 beneficiaries benefited from the health screening initiative.

Representing Mrs Buhari at the occasion, the National Coordinator of the screening initiative, Mr Abdul Rahaman Kamal, enlisted the support of individuals and corporate organisations in developing the health sector in Nigeria.

In attendance at the event was the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, his wife, Mrs Olufunso Amosun and the daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, Halima Buhari among other dignitaries.

Giving his goodwill message at the occasion, Governor Amosun restated the commitment of his administration towards affordable and qualitative health care services in Ogun State.

Considering the lean resources, he called on corporate organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to support government in attaining quality health care for all.

Mrs Amosun Leads Cancer Campaign In Abeokuta

Amosun-MrsWife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, has challenged government at all levels, corporate organizations and individuals to stand up against breast and cervical cancer which have continued to pose serious  public health issues in Nigeria.

Mrs Amosun gave the challenge in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, after a campaign on cancer awareness and screening for tertiary school students and women across the state.

While promising that the current administration would settle the surgery bills of those detected to have the disease, she urged the women to embrace healthy lifestyles in order to maintain good health.

Experts at the awareness programme also recommended a comprehensive approach to cancer prevention and control.

They agreed that cancer prevention and control should involve health education, as well as vaccinating girls before initiation to sexual activeness.

Green Essay Competition For Children Focuses On Environment

Mrs AmosunThe First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun has explained the idea behind going Green as a way of educating children and the youths to be responsible for the environment they live in.

She said one of her main interest was to reach out to children but through an essay competition called “Green Essay Competition” which will educate the children. Mr Amosun said that the competition was on a national level.

“We thought that if we tell children to just read the book and have an idea about going Green they might not be interested so we felt that if we organise a competition and tell them there will be great prizes, the children will be motivated to read the book which the competition will be based on.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Saturday Sunrise, the First Lady noted that it was easier to impact knowledge into the young ones. “The intention is for us to have a green generation, such that its their way of life, so they impact it to everyone around them”.

The competition is in collaboration with Channels Book Club.

Abduction of Chibok Girls An Attack on All Nigerians – Amosun

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has described the abduction of  female students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State by the Boko Haram sect as an attack on every Nigerian.

Speaking at an Inter-denominational Prayer session organized by the state for the release of the abducted students to mark the 2014 Children’s Day, the Governor also said that the continued abduction of the girls was unacceptable.

The State Government, which had said that the Children’s Day celebration would not be marked with the usual fanfare, gathered children and religious leaders at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta to offer prayers for the release of the girls.

Touched as he watched the children crying to God, Amosun expressed concern over the prolonged abduction of the girls at the event tagged ‘Prayerful Children’s Day’, and described the dastardly act by the sect as an attempt to “hold the future of Nigeria” to ransom.

“Having watched this children here today with the talents and abilities they have displayed here today, I ask myself how can anybody be against this children?” he said.

The Governor commended the efforts of the security agencies towards ensuring the freedom of the girls, adding that although there were still lots of challenges to deal with, they need the support of the leaders and every Nigerian.

He assured the citizens of the state, particularly the children that his administration would continue to ensure their safety, advising the children to eschew all forms of social vices and acts that are capable of bringing the state and nation into disrepute.

On her part, the wife of the Governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, while regretting that the fun and warmth that characterizes the Children’s Day had been painfully affected  by the abduction of the Chibok girls, assured the children that the mothers would continue to pray and give necessary support that would aid the quick release of their fellows.

Also the Speaker of the State Children Parliament, Miss Seun Jayeola, called on the President and the state governments to do all within their powers to ensure the safe release of the abducted girls and also give priority to child education and rights in Nigeria.