Winner of the 5th Big Brother Nigeria and Musical Artist, Olamilekan Agbeleshe popularly known as Laycon says as the advocacy for a Senate Bill to support people with Sickle Cell is ongoing, there is the need for Cancer to be included.
Olamilekan who spoke to Vision FM Abuja on the sidelines of the special visit of Wife of the Governor of Kebbi state and Founder of Medicaid, Dr. Zainab Bagudu to the University Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), said the call has been necessary following how rampant cancer has become.
The “Fierce” crooner who says he has a dormant Sickle Cell condition while his late father died of prostate cancer, said he is excited to be Cancer Awareness Advocacy partner of Medicaid.
“First off it’s very important that we create awareness about it, that’s the first thing. And then concerning funding and treatment of cancer, I feel like it’s not one individual or one individual NGO can do. I feel that the government should also be a part of, cos I mean recently we were talking about advocating for how the Senate can actually help create a bill that will help sickle cell. I think it is something there should also look into concerning cancer cos it’s something that is rampant.
“I think it’s collective, we have to actually work towards it and I think the government is going to play a huge role in creating a kind of funding foundations for cancer patients to actually get help.”
Partner of Medicaid and Nollywood Actor, Alex Ekubo said seeing patients of cancer during the visit by Medicaid makes him realise how lucky he has been, living a healthy life.
Ekubo emphasized the need for Nigerians to reach out to fellow citizens who take ill, especially serious conditions such as cancer and lend a helping hand.
“I mean, just every day you just realise just how blessed you are to be alive and then when you remember that this can happen to just anybody. People just literally wake up and find out that they have cancer of the heart, of the throat, of the lungs, of the breast and it could happen to anyone.
“Then first of all you begin to appreciate life and then you know that there is more to life than just eating and living, you just have to try and reach out to people the little way you can.”
Munsura Isah, philanthropist and film producer at Kannywood re-echoed the need to strengthen cancer awareness in Nigeria