AIICO Insurance Plc, has announced it is sponsoring the chemotherapy treatment of 30 women diagnosed with triple negative cancer, as it marks the 2022 World Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition, the company is sponsoring mammogram testing for 100 of its people; female staff, female agents and wives of employees.
A statement by the company, explained that it is sponsoring the chemotherapy treatment of the 30 women 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 is partnering with Cancer Aware Nigeria on their virtual public enlightenment programme, with seasoned professionals involved. Besides these speakers, the programme also featured a breast cancer survivor, Zainab Okafor, who narrated how she overcame breast cancer, and 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/CEO 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.”
On why the company commits substantially to the well-being of its people, Fajemirokun stated, “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.