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Roche partners Niger state to fight cancer


Cancer. PHOTO: News Republica

Niger State government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Swiss multinational, Roche and Raise Foundation to provide high quality drugs and free treatment for breast cancer patients in the state.

Speaking to journalists at the signing, the state commissioner for health, Mustapha Jubril said the partnership is aimed at relieving the financial burden of treatment of breast and cervical cancer in patients through early detection and also to improve access to diagnosis and treatment in an effort to save lives.

Over the next five years, the partnership is expected to increase awareness, early detection, improve access to standard care treatment, funding for treatment and reduce the burden of survivors in the state.

According to Head, Sub-Sahara Africa for Roche, Markus Gemuend, the decision to partner was easy because “we believe that improving healthcare is a shared responsibility and we are committed to playing our part. The Niger State Government is equally committed and this partnership will ensure that our innovative medicines will reach the people who need them most.”

Also speaking at the signing event, the wife of the Governor of Niger State and Founder of Raise Foundation, Amina Abubakar-Bello said “cancer care in Nigeria is disheartening because there are not enough treatment centers in the country.”

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