Nigerian adult males have been enjoined to improve their health life by taking advantage of the free prostrate cancer screening being provided by the Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation.
Nollywood actors, Keypee Ekpenyong and Fred Amata made the plea at the lecture held at the end of the Walk organised by the Foundation to create awareness for the scourge of the disease said to be on the top list of ailments that kill black African men.
The health talk was anchored by urologist, Dr. Adebowale Oyebade, who counseled that prostrate screening should be done at least once a year by adult males who are 40 years and above.
He said the importance of screening is to detect very early any challenges of the prostrate at which stage it can be fully treated.
Oyebade added that “prostrate health should be the concern of everyone and not just men. When a man suffers from prostrate enlargement or the extreme case of cancerous growth, it affects the entire family starting from the wife who will be denied conjugal benefits of marriage and the children whose education may be affected. It overall brings emotional burden on the family, relations and friends”.
Responding to the lecture, Ekpenyong, who is one of the foundation actors of the modern movie industry in the country, thanked the organisers for consistently putting together the campaign in the last three years.
“This is one of societal interest causes I have subscribed to because I appreciate the importance of men’s health to the family and community.
“It is very important for every adult male in the age range of 40 years and above to make out time at least once in a year to screen for prostrate which Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation is offering free of charge”, Ekpenyong told the audience.
Amata, who comes from a family of Nollywood actors, narrated how he lost an uncle to prostrate cancer because it was not dictated early
In a jovial mix of conventional and pidgin English, Amata said: “I beg ooo, if you dey listen now, go and get your free screening from the crew inside the Medical Coach parked here at the Ikeja City Mall”.
The Foundation also offered free blood pressure and blood sugar tests to volunteers numbering over 50. The walk began at the popular Ikeja under the Bridge bus stop and terminated at the mall, a distance of over three kilometres.
The Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation is a medical outreach founded by United Kingdom-based Nigerian fintech billionaire, Dozy Mmobuosi. The annual walk and lecture is in its third edition.
Some other famous Nollywood faces at the event included Emeka Ossai, Efe Omorogbe who is Manager to Afrobeats singer, Tu Baba and film producer John Eke.