By Fatima Muraina
The leader of Imo indegenes in Ondo State, Chief Titus Ezeor Umenweke, has commended the efforts and passion of Ondo State First Lady, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu at sensitising women across the State and in the country generally against breast cancer.
While fielding questions from newsmen, Umenweko noted that breast cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths among women hence the need for women to be better educated on dos and don’ts of the disease.
The Chief who observed further that many women have been lost to cancer scourge due to ignorance, described Mrs Akeredolu’s steps against breast cancer as needful and timely.
His words: “I am very happy that the First Lady of the state has been going about championing the cause of women not only in Ondo State but also in other States. She has been able to tell women who cares to listen that breast cancer is treatable if one presents herself early enough for medical treatment.
Many women before now believed that breast cancer was caused by spiritual attack and that nobody can survive it. This superstitious belief and rumour had been debunked by Mrs Akeredolu who survived breast cancer scourge 20 year’s ago.
“Women have been educated on the need for regular exercise to keep normal weight, avoid smoking, eat balance diet, eat vegetables and fruits and check their breasts monthly for any unusual change as she stressed that early detection saves lives.
These are vital information that most women never had before and whoever does not have information, does not have power. I wish the women utilise this rare opportunity to guide against breast cancer.”
Umenweke thanked the State Government for promising to establish breast cancer clinic in the State, noting that the decision will go a long way to tell people that breast cancer could be cured if detected early.
“I want to once again congratulate Ondo women for having Arabinrin Akeredolu who is so passionate about them. This is a First Lady who is doing everything possible to alleviate the suffering of women in the State through her various programmes like Solar4girls naija, ICT, skill acquisitions for women, among other empowerment programmes.
“Putting in place breast cancer clinic in the State will help victims to have easy access to treatment which will help to save women from dying preventable deaths,” he said.