The need for every human to stay healthy and be fit as a fiddle was again emphasized during the health awareness campaign with emphasis on breast and cervical cancer jointly organized by the Kwara State Directorate of National Orientation Agency and LEAH Foundation.
The health seminar which was the second leg of the two-day programme held on Thursday 24th August 2017 at the Federal Secretariat Conference Hall, Fate Road, Ilorin. Prior to the seminar, LEAH foundation graciously conducted free screening exercise on Prostrate, Breast and Cervical cancer for about 150 male and female.
Gracing the occasion, were His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kwara State, ably represented by Evang. Mrs. Felicia Dupe Faremi, Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties, Government & Non-governmental organizations, Representatives of the Hon. Commissioners for Health, Information and Communications, Women Affairs and Social Development as well as S.A Media and Publicity to the Governor.
Other dignitaries present were the NHIS State Coordinator Hajara Abdulahhi, Prof. Fawole A.A, CMD Anchormed Ilorin, Representatives of Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Journalists, NGOs, Paramilitary Organizations, staff of Leah Foundation as well as staffers of National Orientation Agency.
In his welcome address, Mr. Olusegun Adeyemi, the Acting State Director NOA, Kwara noted that Cancer, which affects everyone including the young and old, the rich and poor, men, women and children, places a huge burden on patients, families and societies. He thereafter urged participants to take it as a point of duty to always go for medical checkup regularly because one of the ways by which they could contribute their quota to the development of Nigeria is to remain strong and healthy.
In his Keynote address, Prof. Fawole encouraged women to start early screening, learn the art of breast Self-Examination, present at the hospital if any signs of discomfort are noticed and not live in denial of the possibility of having Cancer diseases.
Mrs Bolanle Oladapo, the LEAH Foundation Business Development Manager also taught participants the practical art of breast Self Examination while encouraging them include medical checkup as part of their routine activities.
There were goodwill messages from some of the invited guests and playlet presentation by Kwara NOA Theatre for Development.