By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The event, which took place at the St. Anthony Catholic Church, Ihembosi in Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra state, was organised in collaboration with Gran Hermano Academy, Awka.
The Day was themed, ‘I AM and I WILL CAMPAIGN’, Orient Education reports.
Speaking during the campaign, the acting director, Anambra State Library Services, Dr. Nkechi Udeze, who described cancer as non-gender sensitive, prodded people to be conscious of the ailment by avoiding acts capable to raising the risk factors.
Udeze enjoined participants to hold such campaigns in high esteem and take full advantage of it in full. She disclosed that the library started championing the cancer awareness campaign under her stewardship since 2016 as one of the innovative services.
While charging the participants to put the knowledge gained in the exercise to practice, the acting director encouraged the youths to always make use of the library within their locality for further insight into the deadly disease, cancer.
Presenting a paper themed, ‘Regain and retain your health’, a health officer, Mrs. Geraldine Ikenwa, while highlighting the careless causes of cancer, condemned some of the health-threatening practices such as smoking, alcoholism, artificial foods, high salt consumption, stress, among others.
Ikenwa recommended eating of balanced diet, fruits, vegetables, regular exercise and early detection of the symptoms and subsequent consultation of a doctor in that regard.
In a remark, Dr. Arinze Ijezie, a practising physician at Oraifite General Hospital, while explaining different cancer types with their symptoms, also noted that there was no particular cause, stressing that it can be prevented through healthy living and early detection.
He urged that everyone embark on regular checkup and screening.
In a vote of thanks, Barr. Chinweikpe Iwuchukwu, who was also a participant at the programme, commended the organisers for the initiative while charging other participants to utilise and put all they learned to practice.
High point of the campaign was the cancer walk from Umuabu Village to Eke Market (all in the same local government area), with questions and answer on cancer.