By Onyeukwu-Rowland Iheloghara
As part of her commitment to fighting breast cancer to a stand still in Nigeria,
Wife of Ondo State Governor who is also the founder of Breast cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has emphasized the need to raise comprehensive and sustained breast cancer awareness across Nigeria.
She made this emphasis in an interactive forum with some BRECAN volunteers held at New Owerri, the Imo State capital
Mrs Akeredolu said the rate at which women die of breast cancer is alarming.
“The level of Breast cancer awareness here is very low, you should be the foot soldiers that will take this message to all the nooks and cranny of the 27 LGAs of the State, we don’t want our women to die any
more of breast cancer”
According to Mrs Akeredolu, women are dying of cancer because nobody is telling them the need to check their breast every month to look out for lumps, discharge from the nipples and other signs of breast cancer.
Akeredolu said breast cancer is curable if only women do the right thing at the right time, which is going to hospital when the notice any lump in their breast .
She encouraged the Imo based volunteers to take advantage of the “pink October” a month set aside by the international community to raise awareness.
In a similar development, Wife of Ondo state Governor, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has counseled women to always submit themselves for regular breast examination.
She said the idea was to enable them detect early enough the presence of the disease.
Mrs Anyawu-Akeredolu who was in Imo State for the flag off of the 2017 August Meeting, gave the advised at the Cathedral Church of all Saints, Egbu during a Eucharistic Service to mark the transfiguration, explained that for a woman to detect any change in her breast she must be familiar with her breast pointing out that the only to way to have this knowledge was to do a monthly self examination, which she said her organisation would teach them.
The Ondo State First Lady who observed with regret that owing to late presentation of the disease by victims, the death toll has been enormous and stated plans of her organisation to institute a breast cancer awareness club in the State.
She condemned the attitude of some cancer patients who rather than seeking for medication in hospitals resort to prayer houses , only to realise late that the cancer has continued to grow to an incurable stage.
The Ondo State Governor’s wife said she was exited by her presence at the Cathedral being an old girl of Egbu Girls Secondary, Egbu stressing that it was like a home coming for her.
She pointed out that she could see her teenage self with nostalgia as she stepped in the Cathedral recalling how they as students filled out into the cathedral.
Mrs Anyawu-Akeredolu,daughter of a renowned Educationist and Administrator, late Benjamin U. B. Anyanwu of Emeabiam, in Owerri West LGA advised parents not to discriminate against the education of the girl child but encouraged them to invest in their girl child maintaining that every girl that received proper education is usually an asset to the family and the nation.
A graduate of Zoology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a master’s in Fisheries(major in Aquaculture) from University of the Philippines, also advised young girls in society to study hard and get the requirements to pursue their academics. She congratulated her Alma mata,for the academic excellence recorded in the school and the prowesses the school has made by consecutively representing Nigeria in the Annual International Brain Bee competition for the last three years.
Earlier in his sermon the
Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu, the Rt. Rev Geoffrey Okorafor urged the faithful not to allow fears to grip them and be intimidated by their challenges. They should rather place their trust in God who is ever there to fight their battles.
The Bishop assured that with confidence in God they would be able to face every challenge before them, warning however that should they depend on themselves the arms of flesh would fail them, stressing that if they go into any warfare in the name of God they would ever be victorious.
God he said abhors unfaithfulness and urged every faithful to remain resolute in their obedience and carefully observe His statues.
Taking his text from I Sam17: 37-50, read by Her Excellence, Mrs Anyanwu-Akeredolu, the Bishop advised Christians to always emulate the Biblical David who saw the battle between him and Goliath as the Lord’s battle.
Present at the service were the wife of the Bishop, Mrs. Ngozi Okorafor, Chancellor of the Diocese and former Chief Judge of Imo State, Hon Justice Benjamin Njemanze and his wife Dr. Mrs Joy Njemanze among others. Rev Progress Okoroafor, Chaplain to the Bishop of Egbu Diocese.