The Nigerian Stock Ex
change NSE in collaboration with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) is set to host the 3rd edition of the NSE Corporate Challenge tagged “eRace Cancer”, scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Muri-Okunola Park, Adeyemo Alakija Street, Victoria Island, Lagos State.
The NSE Corporate Challenge is an annual, highly competitive and fun-filled 5-kilometre walk, run and jog competition designed to raise awareness and funds for the purchase of 37 Mobile Cancer Centers (MCCs), each valued at $613,000 each.
According to Mr. Bola Adeeko, Head, Corporate Services Division of The Exchange, “The Exchange, working with CECP, has been at the forefront of cancer awareness and advocacy for the provision of screening and treatment facilities. We are using the NSE Corporate Challenge platform to raise funds to win the race to erase cancer. This deliberate intervention is imperative because of the statistics of life claimed by cancer and the fact that one third of these cancers are actually treatable”.
“Using our access to a vast network of employees and clients of our listed companies, dealing members and other stakeholders, we believe we can work together in scaling up access to cancer screening services for early detection of cancer and provision of treatment and palliative care services to diagnosed patients”.
Speaking on the imperative of quick intervention to stem the growing numbers of deaths by cancer, the National Coordinator of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), Dr. Abia Nzelu, noted that. over 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer yearly, and about 80,000 die (10 deaths every hour) with a dismal survival rate of 1 :5. He said, “situation is worse for some type of cancers. For example, the survival rate for certain blood cancers in Nigeria is 1 :20 whilst at the Tata Cancer Centre in the Indian City of Mumbai, survivorship is 99: 1 00 for the same condition. This poor survival rate in Nigeria is mainly due to inadequate infrastructure for cancer care and lack of well-organized system of prevention.”
He continued “the global cancer epidemic is huge and is set to rise. Data from WHO shows that, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years). Urgent action needs to be taken to raise awareness about the disease and to develop practical strategies to address the increasing cancer burden.
Also speaking, Olumide Orojimi, Head, Corporate Communications at the NSE said, “Through our efforts and with support from the capital market ecosystem, we have secured funds to purchase two mobile cancer centre units. We are posied to do more in 2016 by reaching out to like-minded organization and individuals in public and private sectors for support. At the 2016 race, we expect to have over 900 participants which will include several c-level and senior executives”.
“As at today, we have received sponsorship commitments from Unity Bank, Diamond Bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Lafarge Africa, Guinness, FCMB, Channels Television, AIT, Silverbird Television, Nigeria Info FM, Business Day; Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and CNBC Africa to mention a few” , Orojimi stated.
The race is open to dealing members firms, listed and nonlisted firms and registration can be done at WWW.nse.com.ng.
Council Chairman’s Wife Tasks Women On Breast Feeding
The wife of Chairman of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State, pastor (Mrs)Jemima Victor, says exclusive breast feeding of children will impact in the development of their intelligence quotient and enhance their educational growth.
She stated this in an interview with The Tide on the sidelines of the flagging- off of Breast Feeding campaign programme in Ogu, head quarters of the local government recently and assured that the campaign would be a continuous programme in the area until the women are acquainted and adapt with the practice.
She averred that exclusive breast feeding was crucial for growth and development of every child, adding that it was key for mothers and women to breastfeed their children .
The Ogu/Bolo first lady opined that when the babies are breastfed with the right milk, they would be able to develop the right features God deposited in them and with a right character and attitude.
She attributed the various social vices happening in the society today as to lack of intimacy between mother and child during the infancy stage, adding that breast feeding will bridge such gap between mother and child at the developing stage of every child.
“When you give a child the natural milk which is gotten from the woman’s breast milk, you get the best from such child. Let us stop giving our babies chemicals and animal milk, it will make them manifest characters like animals when they grow,” she said.
Let us breastfeed our children so that we can have generations that have been fed well and not with cow milk”, she stated.
The Ogu first lady, was decorated with the champion of nutrition breast-feeding of the local government area during the programme by the representative of the Permanent Secretary, state primary health care board at the occasion .
She assured that the award would spur her tocontinue to support and sustain the breastfeeding campaign and awareness in the area, even as she called on women in the local government area to embrace the practice for the betterment of the society.
Also speaking, the Medical Health Officer in the local government area, Dr (Mrs) Loliya Koko advised women to ensure the breastfeeding of their new born babies exclusively within the first six months without water and artificial milk, adding that it will save them from infections and diseases.
She thanked the wife of the council chairman for ensuring the success of the programme in the area.
Breast Implants’ll Not Prevent Sagging – Obstetrician
An Abuja – based Obstetrician, Dr Dauda Adekunle, has advised women who intend to go for breast implants that breast augmentation would not prevent their breast from sagging.
Adekunle gave the advice in interview with newsmen last Monday in Abuja.
According to him, women who believe breast augmentation will correct sagging breast should have a rethink, because they will also need a breast lift in addition to the breast augmentation.
“You might need additional surgery after breast implant removal. If you decide to have your implants removed, you might need a breast lift or other corrective surgery to help restore your breasts’ appearance,” he said.
He said that breast implants were not guaranteed to last a lifetime, stating that the average life span of an implant was 10 years.
“Implant rupture is a possibility, also, your breasts will continue to age, and factors such as weight gain or weight loss might change the way your breasts look,” he said.
The obstetrician also stressed that these issues would likely lead to more surgeries.
“You might need an MRI scan, which is a recommended routine monitoring with MRI after three years”, he noted.
WHO Considers Two Of Four Ebola Drugs More Effective
The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers two of four Ebola treatment drugs have been determined “more effective” than the others and will be the only ones used on patients going forward, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced.
WHO announced in a statement that two of the four Ebola treatment drugs were determined more effective in treating patients than others in a trial which began as part of the emergency response in the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 20, 2018.
The trial was called the Pamoja Tulinde Maisha study.
ZMapp, remdesivir, mAb114 and REGN-EB3 were the four drugs used in the trials. During trials, REGN-EB3 and mAb114 were determined to be more effective in treating Ebola than the other two, and will be the only two used going forward, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced in a statement.
As part of an emergency response team in the Congo, the “Together Save Lives” trial was done with a collaboration of organisations, including the Congo’s National Institute for Biomedical Research, the Ministry of Health, the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Alliance for International Medical Action and other organisations.
Although the final analysis of data will be completed in late September or early October of this year, the NIAID said the effectiveness of REGN-EB3 and mAb114 was “compelling enough to recommend and implement” the changes immediately.
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