The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, John Abang has flagged off a free prostate cancer screening and surgical intervention for police officers above 40 years in conjunction with Stanley medical foundation and sponsored by Hon Dozie Nwankwo.
The event took place on Tuesday, at the police headquarters, where the commissioner, stated that the exercise was in line with the resolve of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar. It was designed to improve the welfare of the police officers for effective service delivery through the provision of a comprehensive health care facilities.
The police commissioner bemoaned the non-chalant disposition of most Nigerians to their health status, adding that some of the death occurrences are as a result of such negligence.
“Most times Nigerians die not because of their inability to take care of themselves, but because they only get to know about their illness when it’s already critical.
“For those who are afraid to go for medical check-up, I want to disabuse your mind. Don’t wait until you break down before going for test, it’s a necessity.
“I urge you to take advantage of this one-off opportunity. Be rest assured that the medical personnel will handle your health status with every sense of confidence”, the Commissioner advised
He further appreciated the Stanley Medical Foundation and other sponsors for choosing Anambra State Command as the pilot Command for the laudable initiative.
Also speaking, Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Vincent Okpala commended the CP for attaching importance to health of the officers, describing the exercise as timely.
“It’s good to note that you’re not only interested in the security of the state, but in the health conditions of your officers.
“It’s also good you’re looking at the issue of prostate cancer which is among the non communicable killer diseases that are not getting much attention,” Okpala added.