The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital on the 4th of February, 2020 joined the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s World Cancer Day as earmarked by World Health Organization. The Head of Oncology Unit, Dr. Biyi Olutunde ensured this year’s celebration was marked in grand style as he rallied staff, medical students, patients’ relatives and patients to go for a Walk for Health exercise from the Hospital’s premises into Alakahia Community. The Walk was aimed at sensitizing the general public that cancer is not a death sentence or a penalty for sin but a disease in which everyone is susceptible and liable to contact. Dr. Olutunde restated that cancer can be cured if properly managed and detected early.
The Walk for Health was also used as a medium to invite the general public to UPTH for free cancer screening and checkup.
A few survivors of cancer spoke during the rally. One of them—Mrs. Ifeyinwa Anigala who suffered cancer of the breast, gave account of her encounter with the disease and how she survived it through thorough management and keeping to advice of her doctors. She encouraged people to come to UPTH for screening because through early detection they stand the best chances of fighting cancer and surviving it.
The sensitization rally really did pay off as a lot of people turned up at the CEPU Bungalow for free cancer screening and counseling which brought this year’s celebration to a beautiful end!