Walk the Talk initiative berths in Ilorin; Wellbeing Foundation partners with Air Force to provide free Cancer screening for over 300 women
Last weekend the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) brought the ‘Walk the Talk’ initiative to Ilorin, Kwara State, as part of its commitment to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
A WBFA team provided free medical screening at the Air Force Medical Centre, Oloje, for over 300 women, in order to catch cancer at the earliest stage possible. Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) kill 41 million people each year, equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally.
The screening event last weekend follows the launch in May of the ‘Walk the Talk’ initiative in Nigeria by Mrs Toyin Saraki, Founder President of the WBFA, and Dr Wondi Alemu, WHO Representative and Head of Mission in Nigeria, in partnership with the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development. Mrs Saraki led over 2,000 people on a 7.2 kilometre walk in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, to promote healthy lifestyle practices in line with the Africa Health Transformation Agenda of the WHO.
Following the cancer screening event on Saturday, Mrs Saraki commented:
“Thank you to the WBFA team in Ilorin and to the Air Force, in particular the Chief Medical Director Dr. Audu, for carrying out life-saving screenings this weekend. Now that we have brought ‘Walk the Talk’ to Kwara, the WBFA will continue to highlight the danger of NCDs and the importance of early detection and a healthy lifestyle.”
“To stay healthy, everyone should have at least 35 minutes of walking three times a week, which is essential for the cardiovascular system - especially with blood circulation.”
“For me, home is where the heart beats. I am delighted to collaborate with the WHO to combat NCDs and to work towards Universal Health Coverage for all, especially in Nigeria.”
“Last weekend, the WBFA also continued its advocacy and education campaign to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) conditions in Nigeria and around the world, which is crucial in the battle against NCDs and to protect against epidemics and to reduce mother and infant mortality rates.”