Action Newsletter February 2020 Edition
World Cancer Day: LAPO Holds Cancer Sensitization Campaign, Emphasizes Regular Medical Screening
Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) has enjoined Nigerians to embrace the culture of regular medical cancer screening as a preventive measure against the infection.
Speaking at the 2020 World Cancer Day Campaign organised by LAPO in Benin City, the Executive Director, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo expressed concern thatcancer is now a major cause of mortality in Nigeria with over 100,000 persons diagnosed yearly and about 80% die even though over 80% of the disease is preventable with early detection.
Idowu-Osehobo said the organization initiated the LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO -C4) project in 2016 towards preventing and mitigating cancer-related deaths in Nigeria through mass awareness creation, screening services for the detection of pre-malignant conditions and building referral linkages for the uptake of medical services. The project is being implemented in collaboration with 13 Community-Based Organizations across Lagos, Edo, Imo, Abuja and Rivers State.
She stated that LAPO has created cancer awareness amongst Five Million community members till date, screened 27,689 community members for the ailment, referred 19,893 for screening with 339 persons with health conditions referred for treatment in government-approved health facilities.
Idowu-Osehobo said stressed the need for improved access to basic cancer screening services across the country and called for the integration of cancer control services, including the inclusion of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) HPV vaccine in the routine immunisation schedule at Primary Health Care Centres as contained in the 2018 – 2020 Nigeria National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP).
She advocated for a government policy backing subsidized cancer treatment for indigent individuals considering the enormous financial burden of managing the ailment in Nigeria and appealed to well-meaning individuals and corporate organizations to support LAPO in the fight against cancer in the country.
Idowu-Osehobo said LAPO believes that poverty is further reinforced by diseases and has therefore been involved in community health improvement and playing a major role in addressing the challenges of HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal and child health issues particularly in rural communities across the country.
In 2019 alone, she said LAPO reached a total of 274,929 community members with health services, including general screening and referrals with over 976,368 persons reached with information, education and enlightenment materials, adding that “Between October 2015 and October 2019, a total of 14,413 community members benefitted from our Community Health Outreach (CHO) programmes in Edo, Oyo state and FCT, Abuja covering full medical compliments and surgery.”
In his goodwill message, the Edo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Patrick Okundia commended the poverty alleviation and health intervention programme of LAPO, which he said has improved the lives of the ordinary people in Nigeria.
Represented by the Edo State Director of Nursing Services, Pastor (Mrs) H.C Enunwaonye, the Health Commissioner said the Edo State Government was committed to the fight against cancer and other preventable diseases in the State.
Also speaking, the President of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Edo State Chapter, Dr Adesuwa Urhoghide-Edigin advised women to pay more attention to their health, noting that majority of women in this part of the world care less about their health status. She said, “routine check-up should be their utmost concern because early detection and prevention is better than treatment.”
The Chairman of Owan West Local Government Area, Mr Frank Ilaboya and the Vice President of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organisations (CONGOS), Comrade Jeffey Scott Emuokpor were among dignitaries at the rally which featured a roadshow.
The theme of the 2020 World Cancer Day is “I am and l will.”
Pregnancy Awareness Week: LAPO Sensitises 2,300 Beneficiaries
BENIN CITY – Over 2,300 beneficiaries were reached on Tuesday at Egor market and environs during the sensitization exercise carried out by Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) to mark pregnancy awareness week.
Speaking on the theme of the awareness week which is, “Safe motherhood and healthy living, “LAPO’s programme officer, Onouorah Awele Vivian as well as LAPO’s monitoring and evaluation officer, Osagie Martha who led the campaign in Egor community said the essence of the sensitization exercise was to guarantee healthy living for both pregnant women and their unborn babies.
According to them, healthy and safe motherhood is a child’s birth right while pregnancy should be planned and not by accident.
While on the sensitization campaign, the beneficiaries were urged to embrace early anti-natal treatment and the need to avoid self – medication during pregnancy. They are to always visit health facility and work directly with their health providers when they discover any health challenge.
On care during pregnancy, the LAPO officials emphasized that every pregnant woman should eat variety of natural foods for their health and the health of their unborn babies, noting however that during pregnancy, pregnant women need to do the following: Rest well, sleep under an insecticide treated net, should not take medication unless prescribed by doctor and should take enough fruits and vegetables.
The beneficiaries who were given flies to acquaint themselves with the guidelines for pregnant women, were told to visit the hospital without delay and go to a health facility if they notice the followings: Vaginal bleeding, severe headaches with blurred vision, when they become too weak to get out of bed, when they experience severe abdominal pain, breath fast or observer difficulty in breathing.
On the need for women to give birth in the hospital, the LAPO officials emphasized that it is only at the various designated health facilities that adequate staff, equipment and drugs become available to provide best delivery services and enjoined pregnant women to avoid patronizing quacks who may endanger their lives and that of their unborn babies.
Meanwhile, as part of activities to mark the pregnancy awareness week, LAPO will today Thursday, February 13 hold community dialogue session on pregnancy care where stakeholders including TBA’s (Traditional Birth Attendants) health personnel, religions and community leader will be engaged at the Egor council secretariat to deliberate on the way forward for pregnancy care.
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