The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside and other management staff of the agency during a novelty football match organized by the agency to commence an awareness campaign against prostate cancer at the Astro Turf Arena of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos in celebration of the World Cancer Day.
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has urged Nigerian men to ensure frequent screening for Prostate enlargement, stressing that early detection is key in tackling fatalities from this blight.`
The Director General made this known recently at a novelty football match organized by the Agency to commence an awareness campaign against Prostate Cancer at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos in Celebration of the World Cancer Day.
Speaking shortly before the event started, the NIMASA DG noted that the agency has decided to key into the persistent goal of modern medicine to defeat the fear of seeing cancer as death sentence and encourage male staff and Nigerian men in general to take the advice of early detection seriously considering the fact that prostate cancer could be silent killer in men.
“The aim of this exercise is to arm ourselves with the weapon to guarantee us a better chance of fighting cancer. He further said that, It is for this reason that on the occasion of the World Cancer Day, the management of the agency had approved the collaboration of our Health Services unit to partner with Clinics, Laboratories to screen interested staff for prostate cancer to protect us from such fatalities through early detection and therefore the hope that all staff will use this opportunity to examine their status” Dr. Dakuku said.
While noting that the Agency’s health advocacy is part of NIMASA corporate social responsibility actions, Dr Dakuku announced free examination for prostate cancer for volunteers who are willing to be screened even if they aren’t at risk. The agency also offered to give out referral papers to interested volunteers.