Nigeria: Bayelsa governor to inaugurate cancer centre in memory of late mum
London, August 29, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Preparations are in top gear for the launching of a cancer centre and two other organisations linked to Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State in Nigeria, who recently lost his mother to cancer.
The humanitarian organisations, according to the Bayelsa State commissioner of information, Daniel Iworiso-Markson are, Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation, Cancer Centre and Henry Seriake Dickson Institute.
The Commissioner stated this in Toru-Orua, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State while fielding questions from journalists on the plans by Dickson to float the three institutions.
The governor had announced his intention to establish the three institutions during condolence visits on him by friends on the death of his mother and matriarch of the Dickson family, Mrs. Goldcoast Dickson.
Iworiso-Markson said having lost his mother to cancer, the governor was passionate to lead the fight against the disease by creating the needed awareness.
He thanked well meaning individuals and organisations who have started making useful donations towards that noble course and urged more people to do so.
The Commissioner commended Dickson for the initiative, saying it will go a long way to help reduce cases of cancer, increase awareness on the need for cancer screening by Nigerians.
He said that even though it is a private initiative, the Bayelsa State Government will partner with the foundation to help create the awareness amongst people of the state on the dangers of the disease and the need for early detection.
According to him, the Late Mrs Dickson died of lung cancer even though she was not a smoker and “so it calls for concern and for scientist to explain the possibility of such death by those who don’t smoke” he said.
He decried the number of deaths recorded by young people as a result of cancer but maintained that with adequate sensitization the scourge can be reduced.
The image maker of the State Government insisted that needless deaths arising from cancer can be stopped if there is a collective action plan by Bayelsans and Nigerians.