A consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Dr Adebolu Adeboye, has called for adequate management of cancer and adoption of strategies to reduce its prevalence in the country.
Adeboye, a former Chief Medical Director of State Specialist Hospital, Akure made the call at the 2017 Scientific Conference of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Ondo chapter in Akure.
“The theme of the conference is: “Cancer: The Ravaging Menace”.
He decried the growing incidence of the disease in the country and the poor attention given to it by government at all levels in spite of its ravaging effects.
“The disease has affected the Nigerian population and breast cancer being the highest being the highest prevalence.’’
“Cancer registration in Nigeria is very poor just as there are no real dedicated centres to research into the disease.
“As we speak, there are only two radiotherapy machines working in the country.
“People that care for cancer patients and medical doctors that specialise on oncology, lack necessary equipment to work with,’’ he said.
Vice Chairman of the Association, Dr Ishaq Ojodu also said the absence of cancer management centres in the country had drastically slowed down the awareness and sensitisation programmes about the disease.
“Many of our people are dying silently in villages, not to talk of the public figures that have succumbed to the effects of cancer.
“Government needs to put more funds into research and centres that can handle the screening; investigation and treatment of cancers generally not only breast cancer.
“If we don’t have data, we will not know the burden of this condition on our population,” he said.