Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, has blamed superstitious beliefs and patronage of faith-based centres for medical conditions that require medical attention for many cases of premature deaths among Nigerian women.
The Ekiti Sate First Lady said this during the screening of breast and cervical cancer organised for the Forum of Women in Leadership and female members of the Forum of Spouses of Ekiti State Officials, in Ado Wkiti on Saturday.
The event was a collaborative effort of the Ekiti Development Foundation, founded by the governor’s wife, and the Ministry of Women Affairs , as part of the 2013 International Women Day celebration.
Fayemi also lamented the dearth of screening equipment and nonchalant attitude to early warning signals for the rising cases of sudden death among women, especially in Nigeria.
She said, “Superstitious beliefs and patronage of quasi-medical practitioners and faith-based centres also ranked high among causes of sudden death among women.
“Over the years, women, including educated ones, don’t go for screening and tests for diseases, such as hypertension, cervical and breast cancer, diabetes and other diseases rampant among women.