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Joshua Omale: Explaining second-hand smoking to the students
Jun 27, 2024, 00:50

Joshua Omale: Explaining second-hand smoking to the students

Joshua Omale shared on LinkedIn:  .

“Empowering the Next Generation: A Continued Journey with the ‘Adopt a School NCDs Project’

So last week, we reignited the “Adopt a School NCDs Project” with visits to St. Philips Academy and Adonai Vine School in Rayfield, Jos. These sessions are always enlightening, but this time actually, a profound moment stood out.

At Adonai Vine School, a curious boy asked about “second-hand smoking.” He wanted to know if inhaling smoke from someone else’s cigarette could be classified as a communicable disease. This question struck a chord with me. It demonstrated not only his awareness but also a deep understanding of health risks that many adults might overlook.

Second-hand smoking is indeed a significant health concern. While it’s not classified as a communicable disease, the dangers it poses are very real. Inhaling smoke from someone else’s cigarette can lead to serious health issues, including respiratory infections, heart disease, and cancer. Explaining this to the students highlighted the importance of addressing all aspects of health, not just the obvious ones.

Our visits to these schools are more than just educational sessions; they are an exchange of knowledge and perspectives. We learn as much from these young minds as they learn from us. Their questions and insights remind us why we do what we do – to empower them with the knowledge and tools they need to lead healthier lives.

Seeing their engagement and curiosity is incredibly rewarding. It strengthens our resolve to continue this mission, ensuring that every child, regardless of where they live, has access to the information they need to make informed health decisions.

The “Adopt a School NCDs Project” is not just about teaching; it’s about inspiring a generation to think critically about their health and the health of those around them. It’s about fostering a culture of awareness and responsibility that will ripple through their communities.

I am profoundly grateful for this opportunity to connect with young people and witness their potential to drive change. To the incredible team members, thank you for truly being amazing! Together, we are planting the seeds of a healthier future!”

Source: Joshua Omale/LinkedIn

Joshua Omale is a Cancer Advocate and a Student Member of the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2). Joshua is committed to raising awareness and providing support for childhood cancer. His professional expertise lies in bioinformatics, genomics, and cancer research. He also has extensive experience and a strong interest in research, personal development, leadership, strategic communication, and marketing.