Wife of the Ondo State Governor and founder of the Maternal Pulse Foundation, Mrs Olukemi Mimiko, has initiated free cancer screening and treatment centres for women across the state.
Already, 1,000 women had been screened in the exercise aimed at curbing the spread of the decease among women.
The governor’s wife, according to her Special Assistant, Media, Mr. Julius Alabi, in a statement on Sunday, added that the exercise was purely an initiative of the MPF.
He said the foundation had conducted cancer screening for over 1,000 women across the state. He said the wife of the governor had also pledged to foot the bill for the treatment of indigent patients diagnosed with the disease, especially among those who had participated in the free screening exercise.
Alabi said the exercise became necessary as a result of the number of deaths caused by the disease daily.
The statement read in part, “The governor’s wife assured the people of her continued support through her pet project, the MPF, to promote maternal care and welfare of women. She promised that the foundation would not hesitate to promptly response to the needs of the people.
“She, however, urged women to be more committed to their health and their family, because, according to her, early detection of breast cancer is essential for quick and successful treatment of the disease.”
The statement added that Mimiko advised women to go for checkup, at least, once in a year to know their health status.