No fewer than 250 women farmers in Ehin Osun, Ijebu-East Local Government Area of Ogun, have received free breast cancer and diabetes screening.
The one-day programme was organised by OLAM Nigeria Ltd, an agro-allied company in conjunction with the Action Health Incorporated, a Non-governmental Organisation.
The programme was organised in commemoration of the International Women’s Day often marked on March 8.
Speaking on the sidelines of the screening, Mr Fatai Omisanya, a local government official, said it was imperative for women to be orientated on the value of good living.
He said the initiative by the organisers was both commendable and beneficial to the women and farming community in the area.
“The programme is not only about breast cancer screening, but it’s also to create awareness on how to maintain good personal hygiene daily.
“Routine checks are necessary not only to prevent them from falling ill but also necessary to curtail the spread of infectious diseases.’’
Similarly, OLAM’s license buying agent in Ijebu axis, Mr Sunday Adeniyi, said the screening was organised to complement the efforts of the state government in ensuring women in rural areas have access to adequate healthcare.
“When such interventions are organised, we implore our rural dwellers to always take advantage of them because health is wealth.
“We have done enough to bring this programme to our doorsteps in other to have quality health care.
“They must endeavour to make themselves available for the screening as our medical team is fully equipped to take care of all prognosis,” Adeniyi said.
Miss Funso Bukoye, the Action Health Incorporated representative, said the NGO is tasked with promoting the wellbeing of youths and women across Nigeria.
“In line with the theme of the International Women’s Day, ‘Balance for Better’, which advocates for gender equality, there is no better way to promote such if women are marginalised in healthcare delivery.
“What is being done here today, if replicated the more, especially as relates to the scourge of breast cancer, will secure a future of fulfilled dreams for women everywhere,” she said.