Ministry to acquire mobile treatment machines
In an effort to eliminate cervical cancer in Nigeria, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that his ministry would procure mobile solution treatment machines and distribute to the 774 local government councils.
Adewole said that the ministry would also purchase bigger sizes of the machines to distribute to the federal tertiary hospitals across the country.
The minister made this known in Abuja, while meeting with the General Manager, WISAP Medical Technology, Stephan Hilgers, the industry that produces the mobile solution treatment machines based in Germany.
He further stated that federal government in a nationwide campaign to eliminate cervical cancer, using the mobile treatment machines could serve as one of the key strategies to achieve the goals.
“What we want is at least one per local government that is 774, if we make it 1000 is appropriate because we need to scale it up.”
He said the procurement would be in batches, according to him, the ministry would purchase some this year, while the rest would be purchased in 2019.
“We would look at our budget, in 2018 we can buy some and then we buy the remaining in 2019,” Adewole said.
He noted that the Ministry would work in partnership with WISAP Medical Technology to train the staff that would handle the machines.
Earlier, the General Manager, WISAP Medical Technology, Stephan Hilgers, demonstrated to the officers of the ministry how the machine works.
He said the machine was very effective in the treatment of cervical cancer. It is mobile and uses reachable battery that could be more useful in rural areas.