Abuja - Dr Osahon Enabulele, The immediate
past President of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), on Tuesday called on
governments at all levels to address the rising incidences of cancer in Nigeria.
Enabulele made this call in a condolence message on the
death of the former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mrs
Oluremi Oyo in Abuja.
He said that the death of Oyo should be a wake-up call to
government at all levels to be more committed to addressing the rising cancer
cases and other non-communicable diseases.
"The increasing death of Nigerians in foreign hospitals
on account of cancer related ailments should be seen as a constant reminder of
the need for government at all levels to massively invest in health awareness
and health promotion campaigns.
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''Government should urgently institute a policy for
mandatory free annual health check-up for all citizens of Nigeria at local,
state and national levels," Enabulele said.
He said Universal Health Coverage should be
implemented in Nigeria through accelerated assent to the National Health Bill
and the National Health Insurance Commission Bill.
Enabulele, currently Vice-President, Commonwealth Medical
Association, said that a comprehensive world class Cancer Centre for Cancer
Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment should be established in
He described the late Oyo as a very rare Nigerian that one
would want to see populate the country.
He said Oyo was a very distinguished and patriotic
professional and a loving, calm and caring mother, who was always ready to
sacrifice her comfort for others.
''She always came across to me as a shining example of a
professional journalist and a mother with the milk of human kindness."
'Since hearing of her death from a cancer related ailment I
have been unable to hold back tears, especially as I still have vivid memories
of my productive interactions with her during my tenure as President of the
NMA," Enabulele said.
He said Oyo would be missed especially for her unique
attributes and contributions to national development, particularly at this
critical stage of the nation's history.
He condoled with members of the deceased’s family, staff and
management of the News Agency of Nigeria, Nigerian Guild of Editors and the
Nigeria Union of Journalists.