In the direction of attaining Common Well being Protection in Nigeria and in commemoration of the October Worldwide Most cancers Consciousness Month and World Sight Day, the Mass Medical Mission, is conducting free most cancers, eye and dental screenings for members of the general public.
The screening workouts are happening each Wednesday and Friday at Mass Medical Mission Home, 31 Bode Thomas Avenue, Surulere, Lagos.
The Mass Medical Mission initiated the Nationwide Most cancers Prevention Programme (NCPP), which has been spearheading community-based mass most cancers screening throughout the nation since 2007.
So far, over 200,000 folks have been screened/vaccinated and handled whereas tens of millions of others have been reached by way of huge consciousness and advocacy campaigns.
The hassle has contributed to a discount of most cancers deaths in Nigeria from 240 deaths each day to 196 deaths each day between 2008 and 2018 in keeping with the WHO.
In an announcement, the Mass Medical Mission mentioned efforts have been scaled as much as embody a number of free life-saving initiatives such because the Mission PinkCruise – a free community-based well being outreach and Mission PinkVISSION – the attention side of the free neighborhood outreach utilizing Cellular Ophthalmic unit – “VISSION” stands for Voluntary Built-in Sight Saving Initiative Of Nigeria.
The Mission PinkDentist and free screening on the Lagos Centre happen each Wednesday (Wellness Wednesday) and Friday (Household Friday).
The PinkCruise of October is a world landmark month for well being promotion. The PinkCruise is the primary of its variety and is supplied with state-of-the-art amenities for screening and remedy (together with mammography, endoscopy, colonoscopy, colposcopy, cryotherapy, laboratory exams, vaccination and surgical procedures).
All of the free well being missions are focused primarily on the underprivileged and are free to each the hosts and beneficiaries.
“This month is marked as Worldwide Most cancers Consciousness Month with particular emphasis on breast most cancers, the commonest most cancers in ladies globally. The 2nd Thursday of October yearly is designated as World Sight Day and this yr, World Sight Day falls on the 10th of October, 2019, with the decision to motion being: ‘Imaginative and prescient First!’
“That is, due to this fact, an essential alternative to attract consideration to all of the challenges posed by these well being points to make sure that all of us rally spherical to carry a few sustainable answer to the issues.
In accordance with the Worldwide Company for Analysis on Most cancers, 1 out of each three individuals on the planet will probably be recognized with most cancers of their lifetime.
Over 18 million folks develop most cancers yearly with 9.6 million deaths. Most cancers now contributes to 1 in 6 deaths globally. Sadly, 70 per cent of most cancers deaths happens in creating international locations like Nigeria on account of late detection.
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Quoting newest WHO knowledge, the assertion noticed that daily in Nigeria 32 ladies die of breast most cancers, 28 ladies die of cervical most cancers, 16 males die each day from prostate most cancers and 14 individuals die of liver most cancers.
In accordance with the Worldwide Company for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), one individual on the planet goes blind each 5 seconds and a toddler goes blind each minute. Globally, multiple billion individuals who want eyeglasses would not have entry to glasses.
Ninety per cent of blind folks dwell in creating international locations and three out of 4 circumstances of blindness and visible impairment are avoidable. In Nigeria, there are at present over a million blind adults aged 40 years and above.
The Medical Mission notes that blindness additionally has a major affect on the life expectancy of the person.
“Globally, the life expectancy of blind individuals is one-third lower than that of their sighted age mates and most of them die inside 10 years of turning into blind. In Africa, the poor and blind dwell 20 years lower than those that are solely poor and 60 per cent of kids die inside 2 years of turning into blind.
“This dismal disparity within the affect of those well being challenges between the developed and creating international locations negates the WHO structure of 1948 declaring well being a elementary human proper in addition to the Well being for All agenda set by the Alma Ata declaration in 1978.
“It is a time for all to think about the clarion name by WHO to make sure Common well being protection (UHC) so that every one people and communities can have entry to high quality and important promotive, preventive, healing, rehabilitative and palliative well being providers with out being uncovered to monetary hardship within the course of.
Teams may additionally apply to be included as hosts within the 2020 schedule of the free community-based outreaches by sending an electronic mail to email@example.com.