A Non-governmental organisation, Segunfunmi Cancer Support Foundation has donated fabrics prosthesis and organic kits to no fewer than 50 breast cancer patients in Ogun State.
The donation was in commemoration of October 2023 Cancer Awareness Month in Sagamu Local Government Area of the State.
The Founder/Project director of the foundation, Moronke Funmilola Agbayewa said the move was to encourage the patient in the battle against cancer.
The founder who is also a cancer survivor appealed to patients to always adhere strictly to medical instructions and guidelines of experts, saying cancer isn’t a death sentence.
She said, in her case, cancer dealt with a wrong person because she was determined to fight it and survive.
“Cancer dealt with wrong people in my own case. I fought it, I overcame it and I thank God,” Agbayewa said.
Speaking at the event held at the Lekan Ogunyemi Hall, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, the Chief Medical Director, OOUTH, Dr. Olubunmi Fatungase, commended the Governor Dapo Abiodun for providing the necessary equipment for the teaching hospital, including a Cancer Screening Centre for easy accessibility for people to get screened and get adequate treatment.
Fatungase enjoined women to always examine their breasts and visit the hospital immediately after they discover any lump to know their health status and get early treatment, rather than indulging in local medication that may escalate their health condition to early death.
She said “The rate at which women die of breast cancer is so alarming. Early detection and adequate treatment can save lives. With the high rate of insecurity and low standard of living, people tend to care less about their health and run from medications and surgery but ignorantly seek help elsewhere”.
Fatungase advised the patients to be courageous and avoid breast cancer by attending their clinic regularly and abiding by doctor’s prescriptions.
In his remark, a Surgeon at OOUTH, Dr. Adeleke Adekoya, emphasised the need to create a support group to allow breast cancer patients to express their feelings and get adequate help, rather than seeking help elsewhere, advising families and friends to always show love and care for breast cancer patients and avoid stigmatization.
In their reaction, the beneficiaries, Mrs. Grace James and Alhaja Adefunke Aina, appreciated the organiser for the kind gesture, saying such kind-heartedness was highly commendable and a wake-up call to always go for treatment so as to prevent sudden death and live long.