POLICE OFFER FREE PROSTRATE CANCER SCREENING IN ANAMBRA
Reporter :UCHE NDEKE
The Police Command in Anambra state has commenced free prostate cancer screening and surgical intervention for officers who are forty years and above.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. John Abang, in a remark during the commencement of the programme at the Command Headquarters in Amawbia, said the exercise was in line with the resolve of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu to improve the welfare of police personnel for effective service delivery through the provision of comprehensive health care services.
According to medical experts, prostrate cancer is the commonest disease in men worldwide. The Commissioner of Police, while listing the benefits of regular health checks, described the programme as one of the welfare packages being introduced by the IGP to reposition the police force.
He encouraged officers and men of the command to take advantage of the free exercise to ascertain their health status for effective performance.
In a remark, the Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala, commended the police authorities for assisting the State Government in providing healthcare services to both officers and residents of the state.
Dr. Okpala expressed regret that non- communicable diseases including cancer, Diabetes, Hypertension and Asthma, were the most common killers in the country due to inadequate attention.
In a paper presentation entitled, “Prostrate Awareness, Symptoms and Preventions,” a Consultant Surgeon at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Dr. Uzoma Mbieri, described prostrate cancer as a global health challenge that had gulped billions of dollars annually on researches for its cure.
Dr. Mbieri advised the officers and members of the public, especially those above forty years, to exercise always, eat local foods and fruits as well as go for regular medical checks. Some officers from forty years and above took the advantage of the free medical screening to also test for sugar and cholesterol at the Ultra modern Police Hospital in Amawbia. The programme, which was packaged in partnership with a Philanthropist, witnessed presentations from some medical experts.