In a bid to ameliorate the plight of patients, the Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole, has disclosed that the federal government is exploring ways of setting up a National Agency for Cancer Control.
A press release signed by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director, Media and Public Relations
in the ministry, said the minister disclosed this in Abuja when he met with the Director, Head of Eastern Europe, Middle East, African, EEMEA, region, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Pharmaceuticals Division, Dr. Peter Hug, in Abuja.
Adewole explained that the cancer centre when established would be responsible for research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care for cancer patients .It will also provide leadership and technical direction for cancer control in Nigeria integrating services provided by the National Cancer Centre and in-cooperating a cluster of public and private tertiary hospitals.
According to him, the agency’s other functions include policy formulation, advocacy and mobilisation, adopt best practices as per the Global Non-Communicable Diseases Framework to make NACC a centre of excellence for cancer prevention and care.
‘’It is also believed that the agency would develop national plan for cancer prevention and care, measure burden and impact of cancer and establish registries for routine monitoring.’’
Also, the minister, who reiterated government’s determination and willingness to partner with Hug on cancer prevention and control in Nigeria, disclosed that the ministry in collaboration with other stakeholders in cancer control is working hard to create awareness in rural areas on early detection of cancer.
Adewole and Hug agreed that the partnership would focus more on Human Papiloma Virus, HPV, and breast cancer.
Speaking on his visit to Nigeria, Hug explained that it was to foster partnership with the Nigerian government on cancer prevention and treatment, adding that they have the facilities to support Nigeria in the fight against cancer.