Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has restated his administration’s commitment to step up healthcare delivery in the state with the establishment of a cancer treatment centre.
The governor dropped the hint at the 3rd International Symposium and 20th anniversary of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) attended by wife of Kebbi state governor, Dr Zainab Bagudu, her Kwara state counterpart, Deaconess Omolewa Ahmed, representatives of the Lagos state Governor, the Health Minister among others.
He said the latest move by the government was borne out of its strong belief in the advocacy of BRECAN.
“I believe in your advocacy and I will do what I can for BRECAN because it is for people of Ondo State in particular and Nigeria in general.
“We will establish breast cancer management centre. We will pursue this with what we have and it will be done.” he said.
The governor, who solicited support for breast cancer awareness campaign, also called on well meaning Nigerians to help those in dire need to combat the disease.
He thanked his wife and founder of BRECAN, Mrs Betty and other members of the association for their unrelenting efforts to create proper awareness on cancer
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, disclosed this in Akure who was represented by the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile Ife, Dr Victor Adetiloye announced that the Federal Government will establish dedicated cancer chemotherapy wards in nine federal tertiary institutions across the country.
He said the centre would be provided with all necessary equipment to provide adequate supportive care which has been lacking in hospitals.
The minister added that the federal government had also started a process of reducing the cost of cancer drugs by 50 per cent in hospitals through direct procurement to ensure availability of quality and cost-effective chemotherapy agents in the country.