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Group launches life-saving initiative to optimise healthcare

By Stanley Akpunonu
05 December 2018   |   3:14 am
Mass Medical Mission (MMM) has launched ‘Health Education On The Go’, a community mobilisation campaign with the aim of expanding the impact of various free live-saving initiatives to the general public. At the launch in Lagos yesterday, the national coordinator, Dr. Ken Egwuchim, stated the importance of the initiative, noting ignorance as a major contributor…

[FILE PHOTO] Mass Medical Mission (MMM)

Mass Medical Mission (MMM) has launched ‘Health Education On The Go’, a community mobilisation campaign with the aim of expanding the impact of various free live-saving initiatives to the general public.

At the launch in Lagos yesterday, the national coordinator, Dr. Ken Egwuchim, stated the importance of the initiative, noting ignorance as a major contributor to high mortality rate from cancer and other diseases.

He blamed Nigeria’s low life expectancy on these diseases.

Executive secretary of MMM, Dr. Abia Nzelu, said that “Health Education On The Go involves the deployment of a fleet of special buses designed to combine provision of health education with public transportation.

“The aim is to create mass awareness, so that members of the general public can take maximum advantage of all aspects of this noble programme.”

Nzelu disclosed that cancer and its related risk factors were the major causes of untimely death in Nigeria.

The global cancer burden has risen to 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million deaths in 2018, up from 14 million new cases and 8.8 million deaths in 2016.

She added: “To address this problem, MMM marked the last World Cancer Day by deploying four pilot set of Mobile Cancer Centres (the Pink Cruise) to take holistic preventive healthcare to Nigerians.

“The Pink Cruise is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for screening and treatment, including mammography, endoscopy, colposcopy, cryotherapy, laboratory, vaccination and surgeries for pre-cancer and early cancer.

“It operates from fixed Base Cancer Centres (BCC) equipped for follow-up and treatment of cases as well as screening for those who are not able to participate in the community-based health missions.”

There are four BCCs in the four old regions of Nigeria, Lagos, Abuja, Asaba and Port Harcourt, she added, urging the public to apply to be included in the 2019 roster for the ongoing community-based free cancer, general, eye screening, using the mobile cancer centre.

“Such groups include faith communities, town/village meetings, market unions, social clubs, professional bodies, residents’ associations and so on. Applying groups should be based in the four pilot states, and all applications should be addressed to the executive secretary and sent by e-mail to info@pinkcruise.org,” she added.