Organization holds cancer screening for workers in Abuja

Gloria Essien, Abuja

Workers in Nigeria have been urged to pay attention to their health for better productivity.The call was made during a lecture and screening on Cervical and Breast Cancer  for staff in the ministry of Information and Culture, in Abuja.

The Regional Manager of the Managed Healthcare Services, Mrs. Gladys Iruegbu, says the screening was necessary for the staff to know their health status.”Yes it is our corporate social responsibility I’m Managed Healthcare Services because we talk about prevention more than treatment”. She said.

She pointed out that the rate of cancer in Nigeria is alarming, adding that “breast and cervical cancer in Nigeria is getting up to 40% and its not too good for us. So that people should look at their lifestyle and what they eat, what they drink and the sedentary life they live and work on it, in order for us to have a healthy workforce and a healthy generation”. Mrs Iruegbu said.

The Deputy Director General Services at the Ministry of Information and Culture. Mrs. Bunmi Mogridge, discribed  the lecture and screening  as educative and an eye opener. “We appreciate their efforts for coming here to enlighten us about preventive measures so that we can prevent cervical cancer, breast cancer and prostrate cancer”. She said.

The National Health Insurance Scheme desk officer in the ministry, Mr.Alphonsus Ozo, said that the staff got an opportunity to interact with regulators And the Health Management Organization to iron out grey areas.

He noted that “Knowledge is power” and he expressed his happiness for the efforts made  to educate the beneficiaries.

In his lecture, Mr. Robert Ukeje of the Managed Healthcare Services, advised the enrollees to live a healthy lifestyle, adding that the best way to cure Cancer is by preventing it.

He also encouraged them to always go for medical check ups.

Most of the participants at the lectures comaplained of maltreatment in hospitals while trying to access the NHIS.

They said that they do not derive satisfaction using the National Health InsurInsurance Scheme.

The Principal Manager NHIS, Mr. Theophilos Egwudah, said that some of the doctors need training.

The screening focused mainly on breast and cervical Cancer for women, prostrate cancer for men and general body mass index for everyone.