By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Nigerian Breweries, (NB), Plc says it has concluded arrangement to build an emergency unit in Gwamna Awan General Hospital, Kakuri, Kaduna state to further improved services in the hospital.
The Brewery Manager, Mr. Abbey Ajayi, made the disclosure on Sunday, during a public enlightenment on the menace of breast cancer in partnership with the hospital.
He stressed the importance of creating awareness on the scourge of breast cancer as early detection helps.
Ajaiyi, who was represented by the Public Affairs Manager, North, Mr. Danjuma John-Ekele, said information and knowledge of the basic elements of the ailment effectively increases the possibility to management of its impact on the womenfolk.
“We have been in Kaduna for over 54 years with a rich partnership history especially in our host communities and we feel the pains of what the women go through as a result of breast cancer.
“To underscore the importance of this day, we deployed three buses in strategic places in partnership with the traditional heads to get more women to the venue.
“The NB Plc in winning with Nigerian focus, understands that there is no sufficient knowledge on the causes and treatment of breast cancer, therefore, early detection of the ailment remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control and management,” he said.
Addressing the women, the guest lecturer, the Head O&G of the hospital, Dr. Moroof Suleiman, stated that there are about 1.38 million new cases and 458,000 deaths worldwide each year from breast cancer and Nigeria accounts for about 50,000 of such deaths.
According to him, breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries.
Also speaking, the Acting Medical Director, Gwamna Awan General Hospital, Dr. Maryam Dangaru, appreciated NB Plc for the opportunity to partner in this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Programme.
She commended the nation’s foremost Brewing company as the most responsible and caring community partner as it has been impacting on the lives of the community and the state in general.
A team of over 20 medical personnel were on ground to attend to over 300 women from Makera, Kakuri, Nasarawa, Trikania, Barnawa, Sabo and Kudendan areas.
The event was also one of two events by the Brewing giant who partnered the Fifth Chukker/Polo Country Club on its Breast Cancer awareness campaign as part of their October/November ,Championship.