N’Assembly plans law for local treatment of cancer
NIGERIA is taking bold steps to ensure local treatment of cancer as the National Assembly is planning a legislation that would strengthen the nation’s capacity to checkmate the ailment locally.
In this direction too, the Federal Government has commenced the process of converting the National Cancer Control Programme into the National Agency for Cancer Control.
The Agency is expected to provide needed leadership and technical direction for Cancer Control in Nigeria. It is would also be required to be a multidisciplinary Center involving all health care personnel, basic and social scientists including public health experts and would focus on policy formulation, advocacy and mobilization and be a centre of excellence for cancer prevention, care and palliation.
Minister of the Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who revealed this at an event to mark the 2016 World Cancer Day in Abuja yesterday, added that government has declared cancer as one the priority project in the health sector.
Adewole announced that the Federal Government has initiated the planning process that would culminate in the transformation of the National Cancer Control Programme into a National Agency.