Akunyili: Nigerians in Europe tasks FG on cancer campaign

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Akunyili: Nigerians in Europe on cancer campaign (health and feature on homepage)

LONDON – A cross section of Nigerians in Europe on Sunday urged the Federal to scale up awareness campaign on the dangers and treatment of cancer.

The made the appeal while reacting to the of former Director-General of the Agency for Food, Drugs and Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Dora Akunyili.

Akunyili, also a former Information Minister, died in an Indian hospital in the early hours of Saturday after a battle with cancer at the age of 59

The Nigerians told the Europe Correspondent of NAN in London that Akunyili’s was a great loss to Nigeria and the pharmaceutical sector.

They recalled her contributions in promoting the country’s image through the “Good , Good Nation” project, which she championed as information minister.

Mr Abraham Ikpi, a pharmacist in Paris, said in a telephone interview that “even when she was sick, she contributed to the ongoing Conference, which shows her passion for a better Nigeria.’’

Also, Dr Rose Ogah in Berlin, said: “Prof. Akunyili was a courageous woman who stood for the , we will miss her.’’

Ogah, who noted that cancer was a silent killer claiming millions of lives annually across the globe, urged the Federal to dedicate funds in research and sensitise the public on early warning symptoms.

In the same vein, Mrs Ayo Roberts, a London-based care specialist, said “the cancer scourge is worst than , is a fast killer, our needs to focus on creating awareness”.

Roberts observed that the scourge was beyond breast cancer and prostrate cancer affecting men and women, even and teenagers die various types of cancer.

“Our government needs to take drastic action ,’’ the care specialist stressed. (NAN)