With over 72,000 deaths per annum and over 100,000 new cases annually, Nigeria remains one of the countries with a high rate of cancerous diseases in the world.
Cancer, which is caused by a generic growth of abnormal cells beyond their usual boundaries, has the capacity to spread across the body while it also damages some vital organs in the body. Here in Nigeria, cancer has remained a killer disease as a result of several factors which includes late detection as a result of wrong diagnosis, an absence of necessary and affordable equipment for victims and low level of awareness among the populace.
Realising this and the long-term effects of uncontrolled cancer spread in the country, Zenera Consulting, a foremost consulting firm in the country chose not to roll out the drums in celebration of her fifth anniversary but rather chose to address the scourge of cancer through what it tagged the HOPE BEATS CANCER walk. The walk which took place on Saturday, December 1, 2018, started from Inspiration FM Lagos office and terminated at the Muri Okunola Park. The walk which had hundreds of Lagosians in attendance including the Senior Pastor, Elevation Christian Centre, Godman Akinlabi and notable celebrities was important to create awareness about the disease, to give hope to the victims and a bid to encourage Nigerians to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Attendees participated in various forms of exercises – a constant key in the fight against cancer. The founder of Zenera, Meka Olowola, said the company chose to mark its anniversary with the cancer awareness after realising the huge number of people that are battling the disease to preach hope for survival and to orientate the non-victims about the disease and the necessary preventive measures.
The Hope Beats Cancer walk also had in attendance staffs of Lakeshore Cancer Clinic who were on hand to sensitise all attendees. As much as Zenera has passed a strong message through the HOPE BEATS CANCER walk, it is important government redouble its effort in equipping our hospitals with the right equipment to encourage early detection of this deadly disease.
Nigeria can beat cancer through adequate investment in the health sector.