We must as a matter of urgency, intensify the advocacy on cancer awareness. It is ravaging our people.
The Honourable, Henry Seriake Dickson made this statement while receiving in condolence, the Bayelsa State Executive council members led by the Deputy Governor, Rare Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Rtd.) at his Toru Orua country home in Sagbama Local Government, Bayelsa State.
Mrs. Goldcoast Dickson died of cancer last week after battling with the condition for sometime upon its identification after a series of diagnosis at the Bayelsa Diagnostic Centre, Bayelsa State.
In his words; ‘So many of our people have lost their lives to cancer; It has no respect for age, gender or status. Though deadly, I am told that the rate of survival is increased if it is detected early. Therefore, I have decided to set up a platform and solicit support from my network of friends – both locally and internationally, people of good as well as all those who mean well to intensify the advocacy on cancer awareness in this state, the Niger Delta region and the country at large.
This disease is slowly but persistently ravaging our people and as we all know; treatment is yet above the reach of the masses. Therefore, we shall set up a foundation that will run a Cancer Centre which will promote awareness and provide screening services amongst other things, so the disease could be detected early when it could be controlled.
The governor, while commending the Bayelsa State executive council for their support at such challenging times, urged all to take matters of health seriously as early detection of any health condition would reduce mortality rate drastically. He equally urged all to join the campaign to intensify the Advocacy on cancer awareness to ensure that more lives are saved.