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Nigeria Foundation wins WHO WNTD 2022 Award for West Africa

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

A Nigeria’s Kaduna-based NGO, ‘Eye Opener Women and Youth Foundation’ (EOWYF), has again won the 2022, World Health Organization (WHO) World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) for West Africa.

By this WNTD award, the foundation is seen to have cupped the prestigious international award for the second time, consecutively, in the entire West Africa Sub-region.

The colorful ceremony for the presentation of the award to the EOWYO took place in Abuja, the federal capital territory, under the glaring supervision of the Minister of Health, who was represented by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnombe Mamora.

Speaking to our correspondent in Kaduna shortly after receiving the award certificate from Abuja, the founder and coordinator, Mrs. Margaret Julius, said the foundation had done a lot in the area of tobacco smoking preventive measures over the years in Kaduna and other parts of the state.

Some of the measures taken, according to the founder, include street and community campaign, town hall and community leaders’ sensitization meeting against tobacco smoking as well as setting up and establishment of tobacco and substance abstinence clubs in nurseries and primary schools within and out of Kaduna State.

Mrs. Julius stressed for the need for sensitization and early exposure of children to dangers of tobacco smoking and substances because of peer group influence and parental smokers, adding that, through tobacco abstinence clubs, she uncovered adult claiming ignorant of its danger until they become addicted.

She claimed that, until the effect of dangers of smoking on the liver displayed on cigarette packet recently, they hardly believed of its purported causes of cancer among other tobacco-related diseases.

The awardee expressed happiness for the award ceremony, which was also attended by relevant country directors, and promised to intensify her campaign against dangers of tobacco until she achieves prohibition law. The occasion was held at the Ministry of Health Conference Hall in Abuja.

She however, strongly appealed to international donors, spirited individuals and corporate organizations in Nigeria for their funding and support to boost her campaign targeted mostly at the productive sector in the society, for better future of Nigerians and its youths. 

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