Heart diseases: NIMASA partners NHF to save lives

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…Backs N100m Golf Charity Fund Raising for curbing cardiovascular diseases***

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is partnering with the Nigerian Heart Foundation (NHF) towards enabling the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) create adequate awareness on the dangers of heart diseases and it’s actual effect on the people’s well-being.

The Agency Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside indicated this on Thursday, in Lagos, in furtherance of the preparation for the NHF Charity Golf tournament scheduled to hold on 1st September 2018, in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state.

Represented at the event by the Head, Corporate Communications of the Agency, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi charged Nigerians to ensure that, the Director General said NIMASA was encouraging physical exercises as means to preventing the risk of heart related diseases, because heart health is of utmost importance to the overall well-being of the human body.

“Heart related diseases affects all gender and all ages and cuts across all socio economic and geographic lines”- Dr. Peterside said, adding that the Agency is Partnering with NHF in furtherance of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) focus.

From left : Mr Isichei Osamgbi, Head, Corporate Communication, NIMASA, Dr Kingsley Akinroye, Executive Director, Nigerian Heart Foundation and Mr Chris Allagoa, Captain Port Harcourt Golf Club, during a media conference on the forth coming NIMASA sponsored NHF Charity Golf Tournament holding in September in Rivers State to create more awareness on heart wellness.

“NIMASA as a corporate socially responsible Agency is glad to participate and lend its voice via this platform put together by NHF,  towards awareness on heart related diseases to help save lives”, Dakuku highlighted, saying he is genuinely delighted to be working with the foundation, in its drive towards raising awareness on cardiovascular diseases.

In his contribution at the press conference, the Executive Director, NHF, Dr. Kingsley Akinroye noted that in its bid to reduce and prevent cardiovascular related diseases in our population, plans were underway to raise the sum of N100m for the Charity Tournament, to help boost the awareness.

Dr. Akinroye further expressed his appreciation to the Management of NIMASA for keeping their mandate alive in the support for wellness in every sector; and called on individuals, Golfers, Corporate bodies and government agencies to partner and support the foundation.

From Right: Mr Chris Allagoa, Captain Port Harcourt Golf Club, Dr Kingsley Akinroye, Executive Director, Nigerian Heart Foundation, Mr Isichei Osamgbi, Head, Corporate Communication, NIMASA, , and Mrs Adiza Abu, Chief PR Officer, NIMASA, during a media conference on the forth coming NHF Charity Golf Tournament to be held in Rivers State next month.

On his part, the Captain of the Port Harcourt Golf Club, Mr. Chris Allogoa, thanked NIMASA for its support to the foundation golf tournament, noting that more corporate organisations should emulate the NIMASA challenge to help develop sports and save life.

It is worthy of note that NIMASA has continuously promoted wellness in the Maritime sector. This was evident when the Agency invited Stakeholders to an enlightenment programme on the dangers of Hepatitis during the staff awareness on Hepatitis recently.

NIMASA is Nigeria’s maritime regulatory agency, working on a mandate to achieve safe, secure shipping, cleaner oceans and enhanced maritime capacity, in line with global best practices, towards Nigeria’s economic development.