FG launches national cancer control plan
The Federal Ministry of Health has launched a comprehensive strategy on cancer control to span 2018-2022.
The document titled; “National Cancer Control Plan 2018-2022” provides clear road maps on the various action plans for achieving total eradication of all forms of cancer in the country.
Briefing journalists, during the launch of the programme in Abuja, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said that the programme is in line with government desire to ensure provision of high quality healthcare for all citizens including the most vulnerable population.
In his words, “I am proud to inform you that the cancer control plan is a product of extensive cross sectorial collaboration, involving the government, public health professional and physicians in academia, bilateral and multilateral organization. I am optimistic that the diligent operationalization of the plans will enhance effective cancer control initiative in the country”.
Speaking on government effort to make a cancer drugs affordable to patients, the minister said that health professional needed to be employed and trained in tertiary hospital, adding that government is also funding the much needed equipment such as diagnostic machines and laboratory facilities.
The minister however said that federal government investment alone would not be sufficient for cancer control considering the large numbers of people already affected by the disease, just as he urged state government to support the fight against cancer.
In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, represented at the event by his Special Assistant on Health Matters, Mr. Tony Isama, said that the leadership of the National Assembly is working towards eradication of cancer disease in Nigeria.
The wife of the Kebbi state governor, Dr. Zainab Bagudu, speaking during the event described cancer as most complex disease that is yet to be understood on how to take a preventive measure against it, noting that the implementation of the plan should not be left to the federal government alone.