Ekiti tackles cancer, inaugurates Funmi Olayinka diagnostic centre

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi yesterday inaugurated the ultra-modern cancer diagnostic and wellness centre in memory of his late deputy, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka, who died of breast cancer in April.

Fayemi said the state government used the opportunity of the adversity of Olayinka’s death to establish the centre in Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, EKSUTH, to combat the scourge in the state.

The governor, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti while inaugurating the Funmi Aduuni Olayinka Cancer Diagnostic and Wellness Centre as part of activities marking his administration’s third anniversary, said the facility would make Ekiti people enjoy first-class services in the treatment of cancer and related matters without having to travel outside the state or country for diagnosis.

Speaking at the event, the founder of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, BRECAN, Mrs. Betty Akeredolu, a cancer survivor, described the centre as a laudable initiative to save lives.
She said: “With this, Ekiti State is demonstrating that it is possible to turn adversity around.”

Akeredolu called on Non-Government Organisations, NGOs, and well meaning Nigerians to collaborate in the bid to rid society of cancer.
Blaming ignorance for deaths of many Nigerian women due to the scourge, she said it was now treatable, especially with recent discoveries through medical research.

The BRECAN founder, who said awareness on cancer was a necessary first step towards early detection and treatment, advised women to regularly embark on breast self-examination.

Akeredolu, who said January 1, 2020 deadline had been set to end breast cancer in Africa, said: “Ekiti State is already on the move. The step I am taking is to make sure all Nigerian women become breast cancer aware.”
She advised against patronising quacks, herbal and spiritual homes for the treatment of the scourge, saying the Funmi Adunni Olayinka Cancer Diagnostic and Wellness Centre came in handy to meet their needs.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olusola Fasubaa, said the centre, equipped with modern equipment, would focus on early detection and treatment of cancer as well as treat other chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes.

National Mirror
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