– Empowers 49,481 community members with health services
– Supply almost 300,000 persons with Cancer awareness
– Screen 105 for Cancer with female doctors association
– Partner with WFI to harp on regular Cancer screening
LAPO Empowers 49,481 Community Members With Health Services
Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) improved the reproductive, maternal and child health of 49,481community members across the country with health services in February 2018 with over 43,889 persons screened for various ailments including HIV, malaria, blood pressure, blood sugar and hepatitis.
Health Manager, Ayobami Honestus Obadiora who restated LAPO’s commitment to improving community access to health services said good health is crucial and central to poverty alleviation efforts.
He said the organization encourages early detection and managemement of health conditions, stressing that routine screening and health awareness by the organization has contributed significantly to a reduction in drug abuse among beneficiaries.
Pregnant and nursing mothers were also sensitised during antenatal and child immunization clinic days at local health facilities and community meeting venues.
298,663 Persons Receive Cancer Awareness
LAPO screened 298,663community members for cancer ailments in February, 2018 under the LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) in Nigeria. In addition, 35,716 persons benefitted from information, enlightenment and education materials during the period.
The project is being implemented in Lagos, Imo, Abuja, Rivers and Edo state towards reducing cancer-related deaths in Nigeria. Itconsists of awareness creation, screening and referral services with the purpose of achieving preventionand early detection.
The Executive Director of LAPO, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo who said the project is aimed at mitigating the health and socio-economic implications of cancer, advised women to ascertain their health status regularly as breast and cervical cancer poses a serious threat to their lives.
WFI, LAPO-C4 Partner Harps On Regular Cancer Screening
Women Friendly Initiative (WFI), a LAPO-C4 partner NGO in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has urged Nigerians to embrace regular cancer screening towards early detection and treatment of the disease.
Speaking during cancer awareness campaign in Kuje, Abuja, the WFI Director of Programmes, Mrs Frances Teshoma said early detection and treatment would curtail the rising number of deaths and achieve zero level of cancer cases in the country.
She said increased awareness of the signs and symptoms and timely diagnosis have been known to improve survival from cancer, warning that “not all cancer cases show early signs and symptoms, other warning signs can appear quite late.
She called on the Federal Government to fund relevant health organisations to assist in the fight against cancer in the country.
LAPO, MWAN Screen Over 105 People On Cancer
LAPO screened 105 community members for cancer-related diseases at the Central Hospital, Benin City as a part of the activities to mark this year’s World Cancer Day. 15 were referred for further medical examination.
The programme, aimed at creating awareness on cancer disease, was organized in conjunction with the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) and others.
The awareness rally held under the theme, “We can, I can” kicked off at the National Museum in Benin City and proceeded through Airport and Mission Road, terminating at the Central Hospital where people were screened of breast, cervical and prostate cancer by medical practitioners and other volunteers, free of charge.
Justifying the involvement of LAPO in the exercise, the Executive Director, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo noted:
“We are currently running a project called LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO C4) which started in 2016. This project has been running in five states including Lagos, Enugu, Edo, Imo, Delta state and Abuja. We create awareness and linkage for screening and referral for treatment. We have also been working with 13 community-based organizations in these states.
“When the opportunity came to partner with the medical women and other groups, we jumped at it with gladness as the world marks world cancer day. Cancer is a terrible disease, but good enough early detection can cure it. In fact, it is the surest cure for it. So, we need to create awareness about it among the people we work it.
In the same vein, the President of the Nigerian Women Medical Association (MWAN), Edo state Branch, Dr. Eriba Lucy Omosefe said the issue of cancer is not what an individual can tackle alone. We are telling people that early detection of this disease saves lives.
“Cancer is deadly but can be prevented if detected early. What we are doing here today is to tell the people that there is a cure when the disease is detected early.
“People should be aware that modern lifestyle is responsible for a lot of cancer incidents today. A lot of junk foods that the people eat contain lot of chemicals. We are also telling market women that the carbide they used for ripening fruits artificially is harmful because it contains highly contagious chemicals. Also, the use of bleach and detergent as preservatives should stop. It is not a healthy practice. People should take lots of vegetables and fruits. These will go a long way in helping to prevent cancer in the body,” she noted.