The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Akeredolu has again charged women on the need to be mindful of their health, she said this while speaking at the beginning of the four days conference which marks the 22nd Annual National Conference of the National Association of Health Educators (NAHE).

The Wife of the Governor, Arabinrin Akeredolu further affirmed that health education is very critical to making informed decisions. “Health Education is very critical in curbing diseases. When an individual is informed, they are empowered to make decisions. Health education helps one to do away with some risky behaviours that can do harm to our health – poor housing, domestic violence, poor hygiene and for young people, unprotected sex, drunk driving – drug abuse, cultism, poor eating habits and lack of physical exercise – when you are too fat, you are prone to some diseases, through health education, you will know what affect your health.”

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Igbekele Ajibefun in his address thanked the national body for choosing Adekunle Ajasin University as the destination for the 2017 NAHE Conference noting that it will provide a unique opportunity to initiate relationships and network activities among academics, administrators and students alike.

Professor Igbekele while declaring the event opened further underscored the importance of Health Education in the contemporary world noting that the time had come for nations to work hard to overcome severe economic challenges. “We cannot but embrace preventive health measures to reduce health costs and ensure a healthy workforce which is the engine room for economic growth. Thus, it is vital that professionals in preventive health brainstorm, as we will witness in this conference to develop strategy for safeguarding important pillars of national health.”

Prof. Igbekele equally lauded the initiatives of the Akeredolu led government in Ondo State most especially the launch of the Ondo State chapter of BRECAN noting that this government indeed understands that a society can only be as wealthy as it is healthy. He promised that the university will continue to collaborate with BRECAN towards curbing the menace of breast cancer in the state.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. Nireti Duyilemi lauded the First Lady for pioneering Breast Cancer Awareness in the state noting that the University already has BRECAN Ambassadors who will join in the advocacy towards reducing breast cancer in Nigeria.