9 tertiary hospitals in Nigeria to get chemotherapy wards for cancer management
Nigeria has developed a National Cancer Control Plan that would become effective from 2018 to 2022. The plan was developed through extensive inter-sectoral collaboration involving government, academia, bilateral and multilateral organisation and civil society.
“This National Cancer Control Plan provides a clear road map as to how the ministry envisions cancer controls efforts for the country to be within the next five years and beyond. Beyond the cancer patients and their families, this plan will serve as launch pad to reduce the incidence and prevalence of cancer in Nigeria,” said Nigeria’s health minister.
Also, Nigerian government has announced it is establishing of dedicated cancer chemotherapy wards in nine federal tertiary institutions, the country’s health minister, Prof Isaac Adewole, said this in Akure, Ondo State while speaking at the opening of a symposium organised by the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) founded by Mrs. Betty Anyanwun-Akeredolu, the wife of the Ondo State Governor.
According to Adewole who was represented by the Chief Medical Director of the Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Prof. Victor Adetiloye, at least 72,000 people die annually from cancer related diseases while 102,000 people are affected by the dreaded disease in Nigeria.
He added that breast and cervical cancers are responsible for over 50 percent of deaths in the country adding that the National Cancer Control Plan has expired, hence the need for new one.
At the event, Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, also announced that the state would build Cancer Centre in the state in order to tackle the scourge and the attendant consequences.
The governor said the Health Committee of the State Policy Development and Implementation Committee (SPDIC) has recommended the establishment of the centre, adding that the building of the centre would start soon.