By Tope Fayehun, Akure
Wife of Ondo State governor, Arabirin Betty Akeredolu- Ayanwu has tasked medical professionals to do more on advocacy for awareness of breast cancer, ravaging Nigerian polity.
Akeredolu-Aynawu made this appeal on Thursday in Akure at 4th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference 2017 of Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria ( MDCAN),ODSG Hospitals’ chapter.
At the conference theme : Cancer: The Ravaging Menace,the First Lady, who was represented by Mrs Temitope Daniyan,her Special Assistant on Gender, Research and Documentation, added that government at all levels should lead the fight against cancer menace by making diagnosis available and implement cancer policies,
According to her, breast cancer can be defeated and that it is not a death sentence.
She said, ” The fight against breast cancer starts with awareness; a lot of Nigerians still do not have knowledge of it. Awareness is not only key to survival of breast cancer but it is capable of nipping it in the bud.”
Similarly, Dr Wahab Adegbenro,the state Commissioner of Ministry of Health, noted that the roles of MDCAN could not be overemphasized in the society, being loaded with a lot of responsibilities.
Represented by Dr Taye Oni, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, said that the association was significant and important to survival of society.
He decried reduction in management of health in the country as a result of recession in the polity.
According to him, ” Funding in health sector has increased rapidly because of high cost of goods and services. One thing is to have political will and another thing is to have resources to back it up but we must source for the resources because the government is committed to ensure good health services to entire citizenry.
” All must cooperate with government to make the resources available.”
The commissioner said , the state government is trying to ensure alternative source of funding and equally come up with health insurance scheme.
He stated that cancer was truly ravaging the Nigerian polity, decrying low responses on sides of government and the society.
Adegbenro said, ” But with continuous awareness, people will get more information so that they will know that it is a disease that can be dealt with.”