Friday, January 18, 2019 7:53 pm
“Three modalities for cancer treatment are chemotheraphy, radiation and surgery because most cancer cases are always presented late.
“Improving awareness on cancer treatment will make people to come early for treatment and reduce late presentation of cancer cases,” Adewole said.
He also said that the plan was to replicate the centre in many health institutions across the country .
“LUTH has a first class of Biomedical Centre which we planned to support other centres.
“I know LUTH will manage the machine properly which means abandoned and broken equipment will be a thing of the past.
“There will also be long time maintenance contract that will enable us to manage the cancer machine.
“The cancer treatment centre is almost ready, so by February, this centre will start operation fully for the benefits of the patients,” Adewole said.
According to the minister, apart from the Cancer Treatment Centre, Federal Ministry of Health had on Tuesday flagged off the basic healthcare provision fund.
“The main reason is to provide resource from the Federal down to all the state facilities and also to the local government level.
“We will also be providing some free basic services to the people such as immunisation services, delivery services, tuberculosis services, checking of blood pressure, urine test and treatment of under five children.
“We will also be partnering with the state governments by making sure that the state provides infrastructure, while the Federal Government provides money to maintain it.
“We are also moving ahead by producing adequate doctors in all health facilities, retain our health professionals by providing necessary equipment, funds and also attract many doctors back to Nigeria.
“Our major main aim is to ensure people access to quality healthcare in 2019,” Adewole said.
In his remarks, Prof. Chris Bode, the Chief Medical Director of LUTH, said that the aim was to establish a world class cancer treatment centre in the hospital which would help to reduce medical tourism.
Bode said: “We are really looking forward to the inauguration of the cancer treatment centre because many Nigerians will benefits from it.
“We already have the manpower, that is enough experts for cancer treatment, but we are trying to also retrain our experts on how to maintain and use the machine properly.
“I want people to know that healthcare is evitable to invest in, so i am calling on people to invest more in healthcare system in the country,” he said.
NAN reports that the minister also visited some of the renovated facilities in the hospital, including Radiotherapy Centre and Paediatric Wards.