The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has assured his willingness to build a cancer center in the Ondo State before the end of his first term of office.
He announced this in Owo, during a meeting of the City Hall at the Federal Medical Center, to raise awareness about cancer, organized by the Cancer Coalition in Nigeria, CACIN, to complete activities for World Cancer Day.
The governor praised the founder of CACIN, which includes several non-governmental organizations in the state of Ondo who are concerned about the campaign against cancer, defended by Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, BRECAN.
Comment on the lectures about the three common types of cancer; chest, post and cervical, Akeredolu begged the young person not to participate in early sexual activity, and said they have enough years ahead to enjoy the action.
In her comments, Ms Akeredolu, founder of CACIN, praised Committee members of the Coalition and the supporting donors.
According to her, cancer was generally the rationale behind the formation of CACIN, while emphasizing the need for organizations to work together against the disease to achieve the desired outcome.
She noted that BRECAN focuses solely on breast cancer and has not been able to bear the burden of other types of cancer, hence the need to build synergy with other NGOs to get things done and spread the tentacles.
Mrs Akeredolu praised the role of FMC in the campaign against and treatment of patients by working with BRECAN.
She said that CACIN was established for a sincere purpose, and noted that she understood what it means to experience a cancer attack, and so she came up with a support fund for the needy victims.
She said she would continue to beg people to donate, regardless of public misconceptions about the gesture, and said there were thousands of victims under BRECAN’s care.
In his welcome speech, the local chairman of the organizing committee of the State Coalition Against Cancer, Dr. Aba Katung noted that the anti-cancer campaign initiated by Mrs. Akeredolu had yielded positive results, and said that the formation of the coalition was a paradigm shift in the fight against cancer in the state.
He stated that there was no clear cancer policy, given the slow pace of implementation of the National Cancer Control Plan in Nigeria, and added that the N725 million reserved by the federal government for cancer treatment was insufficient.
He confirmed that the plan was in progress for the establishment of the Cancer Care Center at the Federal Medical Center, Owo, facilitated by BRECAN.
The chairman of the occasion, Dr. Friday Okonofua, vice-chancellor, Ondo State University of Medical Sciences, said he was impressed by the pace of the fight against cancer led by the governor’s wife.
Okonofua, who was represented by the head of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of the University Education Hospital, Dr. Lawal Oyeneyi, advised individuals to undergo cancer screening as a preventative measure, and noted that there was no broad treatment facility in Nigeria.
Dr. Anna Weiss, a female breast cancer surgeon from Harvard, and team member of SHARING HOPE MEDICAL MISSION from the United States, begged individuals not to be ashamed or ashamed of screening.
Chief Imam of Owo, Alhaji Aladesawe praised the efforts of the governor’s wife in the campaign against cancer.
He also praised the generosity of the governor for paying retirees the new minimum wage.
The Olowo or Owo kingdom, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye, encouraged all participants to use the lectures, and at the same time praised the initiative.
He advised the people of Owo to give maximum support to the current administration, while emphasizing some of the government’s achievements.