…screens indigenes of cancer,gives out eye glasses..
Reprieve may have come for persons suffering from Colorectal Cancer in Imo State,South-East Nigeria as a United States of America based Non Governmental Organization( NGO) David Omenukor Foundation(DOF) screens Cancer patients
The foundation which mounted Free Medical Programmes across Owerri zone,Imo State recently with large turn-out of indigenes seeking one form of Medical help or the other.
According to the Chief Executive of David Omunukor Foundation(DOF)Mrs Keyna Omenukor,the NGO which has been at the forefront of free annual health fairs both in Nigeria and outside the country is determined to end the scourge of Colorectal Cancer in the Nigerian State.
Continuing, she said the Foundation emerged as a platform to reach out and support persons suffering these preventable health challenges like colorectal cancer which oftentimes is never given the needed attention especially in the developing World.
Keyna maintained that her commitment on the fight towards stopping colorectal cancer stems from her loss, as her husband, Mr David Omenukor,is reported to have died of same some four years back.
The NGO according to the Chief Executive is giving out free services ranging from drugs, eye glasses, screening test in diverse areas with her team of Medical Personnel and support staff and intend scaling it further up in the coming years with greater collaboration.
In the present, she states that the first leg of the collaboration in Imo State is with Imo Foundation as they intend to conduct screening test for colorectal cancer in the centre.
Moreso, she bemoaned the present State of Healthcare System in Nigeria and called for an improvement to save lives..
“ I met a Gastroenterologist in Owerri. There is no screening at all for colorectal cancer anywhere. People that go to the GR doctors, get there when it’s already late. He told me it was all emergencies. People think we eat the right foods here, thus can’t get colon cancer. But I know about five people who have died of colorectal cancer. It was found out during autopsy that they died of colon cancer. There was no screening whatsoever. Those that go for colonoscopy here either have bloody stool or abdominal pains and they end up in emergency room. Nobody is getting screened” said Mrs Omenukor.
The founder of DOF promised to continuously expand the operation in the nearest future.