EFCC Sensitises Staff On Cancer
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in partnership with Project PINK BLUE and corps members serving in the Commission on Wednesday, April 26 2017 organised cancer awareness and free screening for staff at the Commission’s Head Office, Abuja.
Project PINK BLUE is a non-profit organisation engaged in cancer awareness, provision of free cancer screenings and fund raising for cancer patients.
The programme which featured presentations on breast, prostate and cervical cancer by oncologists and medical experts afforded the staff of the agency the opportunity to receive free breast and cervical cancer screening.
The Executive Director, Project PINK BLUE, Runcie C. W. Chidebe described cancer as a huge public health burden for Nigerians just as corruption had become a cankerworm and an impediment to the progress of the country.
He acknowledged the serious nature of the work of the Commission saying, “every day, EFCC staff work day and night in their commitment to end corruption in Nigeria and strengthen accountability”.
According to him, “there is a need to ensure that the people leading the fight against corruption are healthy, aware of cancer, its preventive measures, and encourage early detection of the disease.
He commended the EFCC for the partnership and asked the Commission to do more to ensure that people putting their lives on the line for the country remain healthy while doing their work.
According to the presentation, cancer has become a critical issue globally, accounting to about seven million deaths worldwide.
In Nigeria, cancer leads to 72,000 deaths per annum and out of this number, breast cancer is leading followed by liver and prostate cancer.