NIGERIA – The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, on Monday said about 250,000 cases of cancer are recorded yearly in the country.
The minister, in a bid to curb the menace disclosed that there will be a nationwide free screening of common cancers particularly; cancer of the cervix, breast and prostate.
“The ministry, through her tertiary health institutions, will be conducting free screening for cervical and breast cancers among eligible women and prostate cancers for men above the age of 50 years.
“In total, we plan to screen 250,000 eligible poor Nigerians who hitherto could not pay for these services.
“May I appeal to private sector players, including foundations, to support the Federal Government in her quest to screen Nigerians for cancers by collaborating with us? We are open to suggestions and advice to making this effort sustainable.
“The ultimate benefit of the cancer screening is to link those picked with early cancers to treatment and hopefully begin to proactively reduce our cancer burden.
“Today, 10,000 cancer deaths are recorded annually while 250,000 new cases are recorded yearly in Nigeria,” he said.
The minister also revealed that 70 federal health establishments would get N11.5bn as part of the special health intervention project.
The special intervention projects include the tertiary health institution project, revitalisation of 774 Primary Healthcare Centres in each local government area across the country, purchase of anti-retroviral drugs for 20,000 eligible Nigerians and nationwide screening of common cancers (particularly cancer of the cervix, breast and prostate).