Benue Govt. announces free breast cancer treatment

By Bridget Ikyado

Abuja, Oct. 31, 2022 (NAN) The Benue Government on Monday said it would provide free breast cancer treatment to some selected patients across the three senatorial zones of the state.

Dr Joseph Ngbea, the Commisioner for Health and Human Services, said this during a cancer awareness walk in Makurdi, organised by the state chapter of Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) and the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA).

This is contained in a statement on Monday by Dr Tongriang Ben-Ameh, President MWAN, Benue chapter.

The commissioner said that three women from each of the Senatorial districts will benefit from the free breast cancer treatment.

Ngbea commended the medical associations for organising the event to raise awareness on breast cancer and the need for women to go for regular checks in hospitals.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that wife of the state Governor, Mrs Eunice Ortom, commended MWAN for their relentless efforts in fighting the breast cancer scourge.

She reiterated her commitment to fighting the disease and providing support to patients.

Mrs Ortom was by the Programme Manager, Eunice Spring of Life Foundation, Mr Tine Agenor.

Also, the Commisioner for Women Affairs, represented by Assistant Director Women Affairs, Mrs Magdelene Andor, pledged the support of the ministry to the awareness campaign on breast cancer.

Earlier, the President MWAN in Benue, Dr Tongriang Ben-Ameh said women should learn about self examination of breast cancer and visit hospitals for screening.

NAN reports that Ben-Ameh enlightened the hundreds of people who took part in the walk on the risk factors, symptoms and signs of breast cancer.

She said that during the one week awareness campaign, breast cancer survivors told their stories and those who lost their lives to breast cancer were remembered and honoured.

NAN also reports that in a global effort to raise awareness on breast cancer, October was designated as the Pink Month to increase awareness and the support for early detection and treatment. (NAN)(


Edited by Maharazu Ahmed