AIICO attacks breast cancer with 30 treatments, 100 tests

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Sopuruchi Onwuka

Frontline insurance services provider in Nigeria, AIICO Plc, has declared sponsorship of breast cancer treatment for 30 patients in the country, adding that it is also driving preventive mammogram test for over 100 women in the country.

The company which beats its chest for innovation leadership in the industry said in a statement that the chemotherapy treatment would be sponsored for 30 women diagnosed with triple negative cancer as part of its intervention activities to mark the 2022 World Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The 100 mammogram tests, according to the company, would be the privilege of its female staff, female agents and wives of employees.

October is globally marked as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month to draw attention to the scourge and take proactive steps to control and prevent it.  

According to the statement, AIICO would pick the bill of the 30 women who who had reached out for support from its NGO partner – Cancer Aware Nigeria, a Nigerian-based cancer intervention charity.

In other to ensure wider reach and coverage of its healthy breast advocacy, AIICO further explained that it entered into a partnership with Cancer Aware Nigeria on their public enlightenment programme which was held virtually, with seasoned professionals speaking to the public.

Besides these speakers, the programme also featured a breast cancer survivor, Zainab Okafor, who narrated how she overcame breast cancer. She attributed her recovery to early detection and the intervention of Cancer Care which took up her treatment and rehabilitation.

Commenting on the company’s breast cancer action advocacy plan and its initiatives, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of AIICO Insurance Plc, Mr. Babatunde Fajemirokun, said: “It was predicated on the need to prioritize the health and well-being of all people, especially the company’s internal stakeholders. This speaks to our sustainability efforts in alignment with Goal 3 of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals which address healthy living and promoting well-being.”

Commenting on why the company commits substantially to the well-being of its people, he explained: “A healthy work force is a harbinger of productivity and efficiency. People are at their best when they are healthy and happy. We shall continue to prioritize their well-being at all times.

Also commenting on the partnership with Cancer Aware, the Head, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at AIICO, Mrs. Abimbola Shobanjo, said the company seeks and works with trusted partners who are experts in their field of endeavour, passionate about their cause and have consistently delivered on their mandate.

“Cancer Aware Nigeria has proven to be one of such organizations with proven track records. We will continue to work with them to impact society”, she said.

AIICO has been observing the Breast cancer awareness month for years and has facilitated initiatives to screen staff of breast cancer, provide healthy breast education and assisted in taming the scourge of breast cancer nationally.

Founded in 1963, AIICO provides life and health insurance, general insurance and investment management services to create and protect wealth for individuals, families and corporate customers.  It has remained a leading composite insurer in Nigeria with a record of serving our customers that dates back over 50 years. 

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