Expert challenges FG on cancer control policy

A consultant gyneacologist, Dr Peter Adefuye, has decried the absence of a specialised cancer treatment centre in the country. Adefuye who was speaking at  the Cancer Awareness Campaign, organised by Ogun state’s Ministry of Health in Abeokuta called on the Federal Government to come up with an effective cancer control policy that will cater for cancer patients in Nigeria.

According to Adefuye, the disease burden and the expensive nature of its treatment necessitates the need for government at all levels to provide assistance for people diagnosed with cancer. The doctor added that it is also imperative to put in place facilities for the treatment of cancer, while calling for proper implementation of cancer control strategies.

“We want a common place that will be accessible, affordable and available to persons suffering from the disease,” he said, “We need to take a cue from these countries. We don’t have to create extraordinary structures to establish these centres; the one in Uganda is not better than any of our primary health centres. We are not asking for a John Hopkins kind of structure; even if it’s just a kiosk that has a mammography machine and other equipment in place, people will access health care there. Getting the equipment and training the manpower are the basic requirements.”

Dr Olaokun Soyinka, Ogun’s Health Commissioner, appealed to women to examine their breasts regularly and go for cervical cancer check-up once in three years. He said that the cancer awareness campaign was also aimed at providing preventive medical services, as part of efforts to tackle the menace of cancer in the state.

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