Greenfield University collaborates with NNPCL to raise awareness on breast cancer at Greenfield University City Campus Kudenda
Greenfield University Kaduna in collaboration with NNPCL on Tuesday 24th of October 2023, organized an awareness campaign on breast cancer as part of the global October activities for breast cancer awareness. The one-day breast cancer awareness campaign, which was organized in the Joy Nwakacha hall in the university city campus had members of the university management led by the Founder and Prochancellor Engr/Chief Simon Nwakacha in attendance. Staff and students of the university as well as members of the neighbouring community were also in attendance at the event.
Speakers at the event included the Founder/Prochancellor, Acting Vice Chancellor and Registrar of the university as well as Dr Adeyemi Olarenwaju from the NNPCL team.
The Founder and Prochancellor’s speech read by the Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Simon Katung, emphasized the essence of educating people about the causes and impacts of breast cancer. He said “l wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the organizers, sponsors and participants for their dedication and commitment to this noble cause. We are confident that through our collective efforts, we will make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer.”
He further stated that “Breast cancer is a global health concern that affects millions of people worldwide, regardless of age or gender, religion or geographical location. It is important for us to join hands and work together towards creating awareness, fostering early detection and promoting effective treatment strategies. This retreat serves as a platform for us to unite in our efforts and make a positive impact in the fight against this devastating disease. We have the opportunity to learn from renowned speakers, engage in workshops and participate in valuable discussions. Together, let us explore innovative research findings, evidence-based practices and holistic approaches to breast cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment”.
He encouraged all participants to actively engage in the sessions, share their knowledge and exchange ideas. He stated the university’s drive for collaboration into research and knowledge generation on core societal issues that can bring about positive change. “As a leading academic institution, Greenfield University remains committed to promoting health awareness and education. We understand the importance of fostering a culture of prevention, early detection, and access to quality healthcare”.
The keynote speaker Dr Adeyemi Olarenwaju in his presentation outlined the different issues surrounding breast cancer and emphasized the need for early detection and treatment to reduce the risk of unwanted outcomes. He clearly outlined the causes of breast cancer: food, lifestyle, exposure to harmful radiation and lack of breast feeding by new mothers amongst others. He outlined the different symptoms for people to watch for if they suspect the emergence of breast cancer and emphasized the importance of monthly self-examination and annual doctor’s examination. He further outlined the possible treatment options for breast cancer: surgery, chemotherapy, light therapy and combined therapy.
There were questions taken from the audience on different aspects of breast cancer which the keynote speaker answered and enlightened the audience about.
The event was concluded with a group photograph of the management of the university along with the NNPCL team as well as members of the community, staff and students.