Prof. Dora Akunyili passed away on June 7, 2014 in India. Her last public appearance was at the National Conference in Abuja, where she was a delegate. Pictures of a frail-looking Akumyili soon went viral on the internet.
Multiple reports could not ascertain the type of cancer, but there are several pinpointing cervical cancer.
Globally, cervical cancer is the second most common and the fifth deadliest cancer in women, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Already, Nigerians in Europe are urging the Federal Government to scale up awareness campaign on the dangers and treatment of cancer.
May her gentle, perfect and much loved soul rest in peace.