On 07/Nov/2019 / In Medical News
The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, has called for government and other stakeholders’ support to fight breast cancer and other forms of cancer diseases.
Akeredolu, the founder of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, lamented that control of cancer in Nigeria had not had the proper attention of the stakeholders, particularly the government.
She stated this while delivering the 7th Distinguished Guest Lecture at the University of Medical Sciences in Ondo with the title, ‘A Stitch in Time Saves lives: Breast Cancer Realities in Nigeria and actionable Steps.’
According to her, there was the need for collaboration of all the stakeholders for the control and eradication of the deadly disease, which had killed many women in the country.
She said, “Nigeria ranks among countries with poorest cancer care and control. Although studies have shown that basic breast cancer screenings like Clinical Breast Examination are highly cost effective, it is still not generally available at the primary health care level in Nigeria.
“On the contrast, Morocco and India which are countries referred to as low-middle income countries like Nigeria have CBE generally available at their primary health care facilities. Nigeria has a population that is five times bigger than Morocco and about seven times smaller than India. This implies that population size did not influence the control and care system that Morocco and India possess in comparison with Nigeria.
“The Federal Government has yet to commence any routine based campaign to raise awareness on any form of cancer. Majority of the awareness creation on cancer are organised by non-governmental organisations, working around cancer. Population based cancer registries are equally almost non-existent, making it quite impossible to understand the cancer needs in the country.”
In his remarks, the Vice- Chancellor of UNIMED, Prof. Friday Okonofua, said the aim of the lecture was to provide an opportunity for scientists, advocates, researchers and innovators in public health and development to present their results to community stakeholders in an easily understandable format.
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