Nigerian Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Friday in Abuja said 10,000 people die annually due to agony and lack of basic equipment for treatment of cancer.
Adewole said this at the inauguration of the National Hospital’s Radiotherapy Centre with new Multilleave Lenear Accelerator for cancer treatment.
He attributed the number of deaths to lack of necessarily equipment and resources to attend to cancer patients.
The minister who described cancer as a worldwide disease that kill more people than the combination of Tuberculosis, infectious diseases and HIV, decried the lack of resources to cushion the effect of cancer.
He said: “Base on the review of International Atomic Energy Agencies of all countries conducted in 2013 only South Africa and Egypt have the capability of treating cancer,” and described the situation as worrisome.
Speaking on the inaugurated facility, Adewole commended the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, for her passion in addressing the plight of cancer patients.
He emphasised that such passion had made it a reality for the centre to be operational and described it as a measure toward alleviating the plight of patients.
Noting the presence of one Multilleave Lenear Accelerator machine at the facility at the moment, he assured of increasing the number to two in order to forestall challenges of patients in the event of breakdown of one.
The minister pledged the Federal Government’s commitment to upgrade other seven cancer centres next year in order to minimise the burden of cancer and associated death rate in the country.”