The Wife of Ondo Governor, Mrs. Betty Akeredolu said research has rated Nigerian among countries with the poorest cancer care and control system.
Akeredolu disclosed this on Thursday to newsmen to mark a weeklong program to commemorate the 2020 World Cancer Day Celebration in Akure.
She said a sizable proportion of patients were lost to follow-up in the cancer care continuum as a result of the complexity and poor functioning of our health system, especially to cancer care.
She noted that research had promised “life-changing possibilities” for those diagnosed with certain types of cancer, and in particular for individuals diagnosed at an advanced stage where the chances of survival were low.
According to her, we have made good progress from the world lens, same accolades cannot be taken when considering sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Nigeria.
“Studies have shown that basic breast cancer screenings like clinical breast examination are highly cost-effective, yet it is still not generally available at the primary health care level in Nigeria.
“Radiotherapy is an important treatment option for cancer patients yet it is not generally available in Nigeria, about nine radiotherapy centers, most of which are usually not functional for most of the years are available in a country of over 190 million people.
“Morocco with a population of just about treatment six million people has 17 functional radiotherapy centres as of 2014.
“We must evaluate our health system critically and re-model it to ensure accessibility, affordability, and quality in order to curb loss to follow-up.