On 20/Sep/2019 / In Medical News
The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to set up more radiology centres and make the existing ones functional to tackle cancer.
At the plenary on Thursday, the lawmakers unanimously adopted a motion moved by Mr Dachung Bagos, entitled, ‘Call to establish more radiology centres and provide linear acceleration machines in general hospitals across the country.’
The House resolved to urge the Federal Government to “take immediate steps to establish more radiology centres and provide the latest accelerator machines in general hospitals across the country.”
Also, the lawmakers mandated the House Committee on Appropriations to “include the cost of establishing radiology centres and providing modern accelerator machines in general hospitals in the 2020 budget estimates,” and asked the House Committee on Health Institutions to ensure compliance with the resolution.
Bagos, while moving the motion, quoted the World Health Organisation as reporting that there was an estimated 116,000 new cases while 41,000 cancer related deaths were recorded in Nigeria in 2018 alone.
He said, “The House is aware that in spite of the increasing number of cancer patients in Nigeria, there exist only about seven radiotherapy machines in the country, five of which are faulty and non-functional, whereas the United Kingdom has 52 machines and America has over 2500 machines for human beings and at least 65 for animal therapy.
“Radiotherapy is used to treat cancer, either alone or in combination with other systematic therapies or surgery and to palliate severe symptoms in patients with incurable diseases. Radiotherapy is a vital component of cancer care, which gives patients a chance of survival where there had, hitherto, been little or no hope, especially in cases where treatment options are limited.
“Establishment of more radiotherapy centres and the provision of the latest linear accelerator machines in general hospitals across the country will be a huge source of generating revenue and income for the Federal Government through the reduction of medical tourism abroad by Nigerians.”
Bagos warned that unless drastic steps were taken to establish more radiology centres and provide the latest linear accelerator machines in general hospitals across the country, mortality rate would continue to rise.
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