As part of activities lined up to mark 2018 World Cancer Day, the wife of the Ondo State Governor and the founder of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), Chief Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu took the message of hope to Imo State to raise awareness and campaign against breast cancer.
A town hall meeting which took place at the Imo State University, Owerri under the chairmanship of renowned Consultant, Rev. Dr. Angelica Anele from the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri had in attendance the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, His Royal Majesty Eze Engr. Eunan O. Eke Okpo I of Umuokpo Autonomous Community, other royal majesties and top government functionaries.
Arabinrin Akeredolu in her address while inaugurating the Imo State Executives affirmed her readiness to take the campaign to the 36 states of the federation noting that no woman in Nigeria should die needlessly of breast cancer.
While charging the newly inaugurated State Executives to remain hard working; the founder of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria stressed that it takes great commitment to be a member of the organization as BRECAN is all about charity. “BRECAN is an association that is involved in giving charity. We are here to help and to expect nothing in return”, she added.
In his remark, the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha who had earlier received the first Lady of Ondo State at his residence, thanked Arabirin Akeredolu for embarking on such a laudable stride in the fight against breast cancer in Imo State stressing that cancer has become a scourge.
The Governor who was ably represented by the Secretary to Imo State Government, George Eche at the Town Hall on Cancer used the opportunity to thank Arabinrin Akeredolu for creating awareness in Imo State about the deadly disease.
The event also featured among others, lectures on causes of cancer, fundraising, clinical breast examination and the investiture of the Executives of the Imo State chapter of BRECAN.
In a chat with newsmen, the newly inaugurated chairperson of BRECAN Imo State chapter, Mrs. Cordelia Oreva expressed her readiness to continue to create awareness about breast cancer while enjoining women to go to the hospital as early detection and presentation at the hospital saves life.
Association will next be marking the World Cancer Day on the 4th og February at Federal Capital Territory with a public lecture and official launching of the Chapter.