By Ushang Ewa
CALABAR: The Cross River State Government has reiterated it’s commitment to the sensitization of Cross Riverians to ensure the ‘significant reduction’ in the rates of cancer related deaths in the state.
The Health Commissioner, Inyang Asibong and the Director General, Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), Betta Edu stated this during a city walk organized by the newly inaugurated district president of Leo District 404A-2 Nigeria, a youth affiliate of the International association of Lions Clubs, Asuquo Boco.
“We are here to tell you that Cancer kills and there is need to prevent it. The rates are high and you can prevent it, you can treat it so go and get screened” said Dr. Ani Nchiewi who represented Inyang Asibong, at Watt market roundabout where the city walk terminated.
“I am very passionate when it comes to issues concerning Cancer because I have lost a loved one to it” said Dr. Edu at the inauguration ceremony of Leo Boco.
“The governor, Senator Professor Ben Ayade and his dear wife Dr. Linda Ayade are very passionate about your health and Cancer is one of the leading causes of death which they say our people must learn how to prevent having it. First is to stop smoking” she said earlier at the Watt market round, adding that, also you need to reduce the intake of alcoholic drinks.”
Leo Boco in his acceptance speech said there is joy in serving people and disclosed that his choice for promoting the awareness, screening and testing for cancer is because “Health is Wealth”.
He posited that; “There is joy in serving. However, it will be easier for us to take the service a notch furthermore from historical perspective, we have together resolved to be more passionate, with a deliberate sense of purpose. This is because without a sense of history, we will be perennially incapable of seizing the future.”
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