Ekiti state government distributed thousands of breast self examination kits for cancer screening as part of activities organised in memory of the late deputy governor of the state, Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka.
Wife of the governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, mobilised thousands of women for the two-day rally, which was joined by the Governor Kayode Fayemi; his deputy, Prof. Modupe Adelabu; and other top officials of the state, as well as husband of the late deputy governor, Mr. Lanre Olayinka; her daughter, Yeside; and family members of the deceased.
At each stop, the Project Manager of the Funmi Olayinka Diagnostic and Wellness Centre, Dr. Bola Solanke, took the gathering through practical steps in breast sel- examination using the distributed kits.
Tuesday’s event witnessed health screening for cancer, HIV/AIDS, malaria, sugar level, blood pressure, body weight and other essential health screening.
It was concluded with cancer awareness walk from the Funmi Olayinka Diagnostic and Wellness Centre to Fajuyi Memorial Park, led by the governor’s wife.
Addressing participants before the commencement of the walk, Governor Kayode Fayemi said the event was organised in remembrance of his late deputy.
The governor said: “One of the pledges we made after her demise was never again should we lose women to any form of cancer particularly, cervical and breast cancer.
“We know that cancer is still a major scourge in our country and we know that we lose so many people to the scourge. We want to do everything within our own ability to stop this from happening and one of the basic ways of stopping it is through regular check-ups that can detect early if anything has gone amiss.”