The Minister of State, Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora says Cancer is one of the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Nigeria.
He made the disclosure during the Launch of the Nigeria Chemotherapy Access Partnership (CAP) Program at the Trauma Centre, National Hospital, Abuja.
The Minister said the Federal Government has designated seven Oncology Centres of Excellence.
“The centres are, the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Lagos, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, Usman Danfodio University Teaching “
He said the Federal Government in 2017 partnered with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Inc. and private sector players such as Worldwide Healthcare and EMGE Resources Limited to enable patients’ access quality chemotherapy medicines at affordable prices.
“The public-private partnership has also facilitated the placement of solar direct drive refrigerators by EMGE Resources Limited at pharmacies in seven hospitals to maintain preservation and efficacy of these medicines adding that Government will endeavour to expand this program to more hospitals in order to enable patients throughout the country receive quality chemotherapy treatment at an affordable price.”
The Chief Medical Director of the National Hospital, Dr. J. Momoh said the organization has expanded cancer services, by conducting screenings for cervical and other cancers.
“We have improved infrastructure by procuring a new radiotherapy machine and two CT stimulators and by increasing the number of consulting oncologists from three to seven.”