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Awareness leads to productive life – Udeze



HEALTH is paramount to any human well-being. Disseminating information that promotes societal health is a duty that individuals and organization should sustain. Proper knowledge of any health helps in mitigating any adverse effect on people that could affect the overall productivity of the society.

  The Acting Director, Anambra State Library Board, Nkechi Udeze, stated this during 2020 Cancer Awareness Campaign with the theme, “I Am And Will Campaign” the library’s awareness campaign on cancer, particularly on its prevention at Nkpologwu,  Aguata Local Government Area of the state, as part of activities to commemorate the World Cancer Day.

  Udeze, explained that cancer epidemic has grown over the years ravaging more people than before, but awareness leads to a more productive life.

“A key role of the library is to offer information, and will continue to provide awareness on health and well-being. We started it in 2016, and have done it in Awka, Adazi Nnukwu, Ihembosi, Onitsha and today we are at Nkpologwu.

 “After the awareness, people that attended should always see a doctor once they see something unusual in their bodies, so that it will be managed at the early stage for them to live normal life.”

  In his remarks, Medical Officer at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Arinze Ijezie, said back are the days when talks of cancer  arises, people refer it only to older people. Survey shows that the age bracket of the affected is dropping to younger people.

  Dr Ijezie who emphasised on the four major types of cancer: cervix, breast, prostate, and lungs affecting Nigerians, said the cure of cancer is difficult, though people have treated it but the percentage is one in every hundred. But the most important thing is its prevention, by adopting habits that will prevent that.

  Another resource person, Nursing Officer at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, Mrs Uchechukwu  Ikenwa, in a paper titled  ‘How to regain and retain your health’ said to be healthy, every human must take responsibility for that.

  The question is why these health issues are common today. She cautioned against processed and refined foods. “Many people feast on junk food that is not the best for the body, when these foods invade the body, they gradually begin to attack the person’s health. The best foods for body are natural foods, call it unrefined.”

  Palace Secretary of Nkpologwu Town, Ichie Eugene Ezuobi and John-Mary Anyaorah, Secretary-General Nkpologwu Town, appreciated the Anambra State Library Board for the awareness campaign and pledged to take the message to the grassroots. 

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