Tope Fayehun , Akure.
Wife of Ondo State governor, Mrs. Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu, has decried the lukewarm attitude of government at levels to the fight for cancer control, treatment and prevention across the country.
Akeredolu who spoke at a media chat with journalists in Akure, the Ondo state capital on Monday, urged government at all levels to make provisions for appropriation in the fight for cancer control, treatment and prevention in the nation’s budget.
Mrs Akeredolu who used the medium to announced to the public of the launching of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) and investiture of its state executives today (Tuesday), appealed to the government to help in the fight against the disease like other developed countries.
According to her , “It is something that everybody should be concerned about because it is affecting a very important sector of our society.”
While identifing women as the predominant victims of breast cancer in the world, the governor’s wife noted that “anything that affects the health of the women negatively will also affect everyone.”
Akeredolu who noted that government and individuals suffering the ailments, are not proactive in the control, prevention and treatment of the disease, further disclosed that she survived the disease 20 years ago.
The BRECAN founder said, “I have been on the rooftop screaming for everyone that cares to know. I am a survivor, I am using my experience to enlist to the heart of everyone that you can survive it. Twenty years and still looking good, it is because of information.
“If I am here speaking to you after 20 years, I don’t see why any woman should die of breast cancer,” she said, assuring that the state government will establish a well-equipped cancer treatment with radiotherapy, mammogram and other facilities. Government, corporate bodies and organisations in the country are not doing well in the global fight against cancer.
“Breast cancer is ravaging our women, some get it as young as 18 or 21 years. Government must identify breast cancer as a killer disease and should budget henceforth for cancer control, prevention and treatment.”