Sunday, 2 September 2018

Join Forces In Fight Against Cancer – PSN President Urges Pharmacists


…Signs MoU With Janssen On Cure
Chioma Umeha

Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has called on pharmacists to join forces in the renewed fight against cancer in the society.
Yakasai, PSN President, spoke in a message on the World Cancer Day marked on weekend.
World Cancer Day is commemorated every year on February 4 all over the world to celebrate efforts of the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations (UN), governmental and non-governmental health organizsations towards fighting against cancer.
The PSN President said the celebration provided the chance to reflect on what individuals can do to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
He added that the key messages for this year’s World Cancer Day were meant to inspire action, take action, prevent cancer, make healthy lifestyle choices and understand that early detection saves lives.
“In many ways you can make a difference based using the above key messages for this year World Cancer Day, kindly share it with your friends and family. We must as a matter of urgency increase awareness about cancer and its effects in rural and urban areas across the country. Identify winning formulas that will accelerate progress and result. More than one third of cancer is preventable if we adopt a healthy lifestyle. Definitely, together we can reduce global epidemic of cancer,” he stated.
Yakasai added that the prime goal was to ensure fewer people develop cancer, more people are successfully treated, there is a better quality of life for people during treatment and beyond, and that we are winning the war against cancer in Nigeria, Africa and the world.
He said that in the light of that the PSN had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Johnson & Jonson (Janssen), a pharmaceutical company based in Belgium, to expand access to innovative cancer medicines for PSN members and the larger society.
Yakasai said the partnership was to engage in a strategic partnership to expand access to innovative cancer medicines for PSN members and larger society.
“In addition to cancer (Ovarian Cancer, HIV related Kaposi Sarcoma, Metastatic Breast Cancer, Metastatic Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer) treatment, the partnership will cover areas like Schizophrenia, Anaemia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis, Psoriactic Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Plaque Psoriasis and Bipolar Disorders.
“We must as a matter of urgency increase awareness about cancer and its effects in rural and urban areas across the country,” he stated.







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