Speaking at the two-day gender equality programme titled “Women’s Health And Safety: Towards A Healthy, Violence Free-Society” in Ado Ekiti, wife of the state governor, Bisi Fayemi said the issue of women’s health received a lot of prominence when the state government lost the former deputy governor, Mrs Funmilayo Olayinka after a long battle with the cancer of the breast.
She said her passing away provided a much needed opportunity for Ekiti state to address issues to do with women’s access to quality healthcare services within the state, the importance of screening and early detection of diseases, the need for women to take advantage of free antenatal services being provided, and generally, the importance of the women to be vigilant about their health and seeking for help in the right places.
The state government under the leadership of Dr Kayode Fayemi has also commissioned the Funmilayo Olayinka Diagnostic and Wellness Centre.Princess Kathy Emiko, while addressing the women in Ado Ekiti, advised that women should always be careful with what they eat or drink to avoid cancer and other related diseases.Also one of the speakers, Ebun Anozie has also called for women’s self-examination of their breast. She said a woman should periodically examine her breasts in case there is any unusual sign and immediately see the doctor.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Fola-Richie Adewusi, also commented on the need, for self-breast examination. She further explained that some of the equipment have been provided by the state government to further assist the women so they can access free health treatment in the state.