As part of her efforts to ensure women get the necessary health care for healthy living, Ondo state chapter of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) at the weekend screened 100 women for breast and cervical cancer.
The screening facilitated by the 100 Club, a Non Governmental organisation (NGO) with the support of Quitas Health and the Friends of Wale Akinterinwa was conducted at the Oke Ijebu Primary Health Care center in Akure.
The team leader of the screening crew, Dr. Wale Ogunlana Advised women to always do yearly checkup for early detection so that they can extend their motality rate from 54 to above 70 years old.
Describing breast and cervical cancer as two most deadly diseases amongst women, Ogunlana said these could be treated if detected early.
Dr Ogunlana reeled out many causes of cervical cancer, ranging from Sexually Transmitted Diseases, (STDs) multiple sex partners and smoking among several others.
The leader of the technical team on ground, Dr. Adewumi Babatunde sensitized the women on the processes of the screening and test.
Dr. Babatunde said they would be screened for breast/cervical cancer as well as get their blood pressure checked.
Earlier, while playing host to the medical team, the State Chairman of NUJ, Prince Leke Adegbite appreciated the organisations for coming to perform tests for women journalists, describing it as the beginning of the partnership.
The state Chairperson of NAWOJ, Comrade Tola Gbadamosi emphasized the need for women to take care of their health despite their tight schedules.
This, she said led to setting aside a day for the Cervical Cancer test and Cryotherapy for women journalists in the state.
According to her, the partnership is important to cater for women’s health and ensure women are given maximum care calling on women to check their health status regularly.
Representative of the Friends of Wale Akinterinwa, Mr. Tunde Ogundare said his group decided to support Ondo NAWOJ on health screening programme because they hold sensitive part of the world and considering the nature of job.
The beneficiaries of the screening and test applauded the leadership of NAWOJ and the partnering organisations describing the initiative commendable.