NEMA Partners With Health Ministry in Cancer Awareness Campaign

NEMA representative, Bob Nuwagira (C) with officials from NACAS and Ministry of Health, during the press briefing

National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has partnered with the Ministry of Health, doctor alongside other organisations in a weeklong cancer awareness campaign scheduled to take place at the Uganda Museum from the Monday 26th to Friday 30th of September.

The partnership was announced on Friday September 23rd at a press conference held at City Hall in Kampala.

According to the National Cancer Awareness Association (NACAS), more about the main purpose of the event is to contribute to the reduction of the growing cancer burden which has increasingly caused suffering and premature death in Uganda and the world at large.

In every 1000 people 300 are sick of cancer which is a very bad stage.

Addressing journalists on Friday, Bob Nuwagira, the Representative from NEMA said 19%-20% cases of cancer are linked to the environment and that it has a significant impact on the country’s economy.

“As NEMA we want to raise awareness about some of the activities humans do which affect and kill slowly for example cooking food with materials like polythene bags that release a chemical into the food. Tobacco use, unhealthy diets and alcohol abuse all lead to cancer,” he said.

The Commissioner Non Communicable Diseases, Dr. Gerald Mutungi urged the public to change their mind set and start visiting their doctors even when they are not sick.

He advised that people take a health check at least once a year saying that it may make a big difference in their lives.

“Some cancers can be prevented by immunisation for example cancer of the cervix and liver cancer. For everyone should ensure that all their girls between the ages of 9-13 years are given the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer for its available across the country,” he said.

The cancer awareness week will involve cancer awareness talks from top professionals, cervical and breast cancer screening, VCT for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B screening, blood donation, reproductive health services, performances by local artists, testimonies among many other activities.

Other organisations partnering with the ministry include the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), PACE and the National Cancer Awareness Association (NACAS).


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