Mrs Akeredolu vows not to give up on breast cancer awareness in Nigeria
By Onyeukwu-Rowland Iheloghara
The Founder of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) and the wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu had reassured Nigerians of BRECAN’s commitment to eliminating breast Cancer as a life threatening disease, through public education, patient support, advocacy and research across Nigeria in the face of numerous challenges in the country.
Mrs Akeredolu made the vow at the BRECAN Centre Ibadan, Oyo state while speaking at the SERVICE OF SONGS organized by BRECAN in honour of a departed BRECAN’s foot Soldier Late Mrs Ruth Olufunke Oyewole Jp (Nee Arogbo) who died after battling with this life threatening disease.
Mrs Akeredolu who said the fight required sustainable awareness and cautious effect of people with like passion also called on Government at all level to keep voting money for the course.
“We really need to intensify awareness creation and it has to be sustained it is not just a one off thing, awareness needs money not one person’s thing, not just me, we need more foot soldiers, gradually we are increasing in numbers, we fan out into the nooks and crannies of this area and all over the country. Today we have seven chapters, we are lunching Lagos tomorrow.
Gradually we will be able to convince our people that this is a medical issue. Women are having breast cancer but they most not die for it.
We live here to go and lobby US Senators in America, you know why we lobby them? To keep on voting money for breast Cancer so that our women will not die, it pains me when our women die at the peak of their productive age” she concluded in tears.
Mrs Akeredolu pledged to keep on preaching about that pathway that made her survive which according to her is going to hospital as soon as a lump, discharge from the nipples, or reddish spot is observed during the breast self examination and called on Nigeria women to always pay attention to health education.
In a tribute, the national President of BRECAN Mrs Juliet Ogbuogu said Mrs Oyewole had a life well spent in the service of God and humanity as a Christian and described her as a virtuous woman, a committed Christian, a caring and loving mother who was bold and courageous adding that she has gone to be with the lord.
In a vote of thanks on behalf the family, the son of the deceased Mr Demola Oyewole thanked Ondo State First Lady and BRECAN for rendering emotional and other forms of support to their mother while she was battling with Breast Cancer, and prayed God to reward them aboundantly.