The need to allocate funds for cancer control in order to ensure access to health for cancer patient was one of the key issues of concern raised by the First Lady of Ondo State and founder of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu.
Speaking on the floor of the house at the Ondo State House of Assembly, Arabinrin Akeredolu stated that the essence of the visit was to intimate the house of BRECAN’s plan to come up with a bill on cancer control and establishment of a cancer treatment centre in Ondo State
According to her, cancer in general is taking a huge toll on the people thus the need to take appropriate steps to mitigate the trend.
“I am deeply honoured to be here to witness this epoch making history. Coming here today has been a dream that has become a reality. In 2005, I was among the international breast cancer advocates that walked through the allies of congress. As an African, I was invited to give a face to the outcome of researches in the laboratories of America on breast cancer.
“It has always been my dream that someday I will be at the National Assembly to lobby our senators. Charity they say begins at home – this is our own National Assembly in Ondo State. BRECAN is here today to tell you that we need to do something to save the lives of our women who do not have money for diagnosis. We have come to let you know that there is need to have a cancer control plan in place. We need to have a robust cancer control plan. BRECAN plans to come up with a bill on cancer control and for the establishment of cancer treatment centre in Ondo State”, she added while stressing that BRECAN will continue to create awareness as it is the entry point in the fight against breast cancer.
In his remark, the Deputy Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Iroju Ogundeji, lauded the efforts of Mrs. Akeredolu while promising that the House will give accelerated passage to the proposed bill on cancer control.
“Before your address, I thought breast cancer is not curable but with your address, I now know that with adequate care, breast cancer can be controlled. It is in our interest that breast cancer should not be a death sentence to any woman in Ondo State. We are assuring you that whenever the executive is bringing their appropriation bill to the House and cancer control is included; you will have no difficulty with us and we will give it accelerated passage.