– Cancer is a major health issue causing concerns in Nigeria and beyond
– The Federal Government plans to strengthen the training of cancer-related healthcare workers
– This was revealed by the minister of state for health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, at an event organised by the Wellbeing Foundation
The minister of state for health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has revealed that the Federal Government plans to strengthen the training of cancer-related healthcare workers in Nigeria.
Dr Ehanire made the comment on Thursday, April 19 in Abuja, when the Wellbeing Foundation Africa hosted a stakeholders’ meeting to review the Rapid Assessment of the Prevention and Control of Cancer in Nigeria report.
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NAIJ.com gathered that the report is a collaborative study undertaken by the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, with support from Amref Health Africa.
The minister said: “The federal ministry of health, in line with the current governance push of the president, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, plans to work to strengthen the training of cancer-related healthcare workers, as well as improve infrastructure and strengthen service delivery for cancer care, including prevention and palliative care.
“We welcome inter-sectoral collaborations, as well as partnerships with local and global stakeholders in order to improve awareness and information on preventive practices, as well as encouraging early diagnosis and management of all cancers.”
On her part, the Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation, Mrs Toyin Saraki, counseled that: “We must teach our people and engage them to stop high risk behaviours, and to be best positioned to detect cancer at the early stage, when it is most cost-effective to treat.”
She noted that: “The biggest challenge in development is transforming global goals and national goals into grassroots actions. We must never doubt the power of a small group of people united with a common purpose; and our purpose is to prevent cancer, detect cancer, and provide infrastructures to be able to respond to the needs of our people in relation to all types of cancer.”
Having been recently named by Devex as a Global UHC Champion, Mrs Saraki was speaking as Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and Special Adviser to the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for Africa (AFRO).
Speaking at the event, the West Africa Regional Director, Amref Health Africa, Dr. Sylla Thiam thanked Wellbeing Foundation Africa “for carrying out such an important study. The timing is very apt as the disease has taken a toll on the country.”
The event was attended by various stakeholders operating within the health sector, which the vice chairman Senate committee on health, Senator Clifford Odiar; the country director, Janssen Pharmaceuti*al Companies of Johnson and Johnson, Mitchelle Akande; amongst other distinguished medical practitioners.
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Mrs Saraki recently called for greater investment in improving education and opportunities for girls and young women.
She made the call at a Voices Together Forum side-event with the theme: ‘The Changing Role of African Women.’
The Voices Together Forum is an Africa-focused gender event which aims to push the boundaries for women in business and leadership positions across the world.
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