The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has offered to support the Centre for Cancer Awareness being planned in honour of the Memory of the late Mrs. GoldCoast Dickson, the mother of the Governor of Bayelsa State.
The Deputy President of the PSN, South, Dr. Daniel Orumwhense, made the pledge for partnership while leading the body made up of representatives of PSN Bayelsa State Branch, The Director of Pharmaceutical Services Bayelsa State Ministry, Managing Director Bayelsa State drug Distribution Center, and representatives of the Young Pharmacists group on a condolence visit to the Governor of Bayelsa State in his country home of Toru Orua in Sagbama Local Government Area, on Tuesday 28 August, 2018.
The Late Mrs. Goldcoast Dickson died of lung cancer at the University of Texas M.D Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas, in the United States at the age of 72.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, quoted Orumwhense as having said that the PSN was ready to volunteer the services of its experts and ensure availability of original drugs to the centre when it becomes operational.
He stated also that the pharmacists who graduated in large number from the Bayelsa State-owned Niger Delta University were equipped enough to provide the requisite support to the planned centre.
He said, “We are aware of the cancer centre which the Dickson family is planning to establish in honour of the memory of your late mother”.
“The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria will partner with you. We have the manpower, we have the capacity, to manage it. Your Excellency, you can rely on the experts trained at the NDU to provide the services the centre needs. We will ensure that original drugs are made available at Cancer Centre to take care of the people”.
He said the Governor’s mother fondly called Mama Gogo lived a life worthy of celebration haven nurtured successful children including a governor who was making series of contributions to societal development.
In his remarks, the Governor said that the Dickson family decided to establish a Centre for Cancer Awareness with the objective of reducing avoidable deaths from the deadly disease.
He said that the GoldCoast Dickson Cancer Centre would not be funded by the government but was designed to operate with donations to the Henry Seriake Dickson Foundation, the operators of the centre.
He stressed that the centre would focus on promoting cancer awareness and screening as part of the efforts to reduce deaths occurring as a result of the disease in the society.
The Governor said that the cancer would require not only funds from partners but also their expertise in its programmes deliberately designed to counter cancer and its spread.
Apart from the PSN, the NMA, the Ijaw Youth Council, Women groups, Community leaders and other bodies have also indicated interest in supporting the planned Cancer Centre.
Governor Dickson also called on traditional rulers of the Niger Delta to give the necessary support to the efforts to create awareness against the spread of cancer.