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Metro Cancer: 10,000 Nigerians Die Annually Due To Poor Equipment - Health Minister

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Punch reports that the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said on Friday that 10,000 Nigerians die of cancer annually due to the lack of necessary equipment and resources to attend to the patients.

Speaking in Abuja at the inauguration of the National Hospital’s Radiotherapy Centre with new Multilleave Linear Accelerator, known as LINAC, for cancer treatment, Adewole described cancer as a disease that had killed more people than the combination of Tuberculosis, infectious diseases and HIV, while decrying the lack of resources to cushion the effect of cancer.

He explained that based on the review of International Atomic Energy Agencies of countries conducted in 2013, only South Africa and Egypt have the capability of treating cancer, a situation he described as worrisome.

Report also has it that the minister also commended the wife of the Vice-President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, for her passion in addressing the plight of cancer patients, saying such passion had made it possible for the centre to be operational.
 

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