A non-governmental organisation, Project PINK BLUE, PPB, has said Nigeria can make progress in cancer control if more investments are made on research works for cancer treatment.
The Programme Coordinator, PPB, Gloria Okwu stated this at the National Hospital, Abuja, after a one-day training programme for oncologists. The training was organised by PPB with support from ACT Foundation in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health.
Quoting the words of the Executive Director, PPB, Runcie Chidebe, Okwu said, “For a country with over 200 million people with 120,000 cancer incidences and 72,000 cancer deaths, which is the highest cancer burden in the whole of Africa.
“Nigeria’s contribution to cancer research is poor and does not reflect any progress. Poor cancer research in Nigeria could be responsible for poor cancer management including the rising cancer deaths. Nigeria can make progress in cancer control if we invest in cancer research.”
She added that with an annual cancer case of 120,000 and 72,000 deaths, government needs to spend more on cancer treatments research works.
According to her, PPB has trained 80 Oncologists and 50 Pathologists, in a bid to support the federal government’s National Cancer Control Plan.
Okwu said, “This programme has been ongoing since 2018, as our support to the Federal Government’s National Cancer Control Plan (2018-2022).
The organisation hopes to stimulate learning and encourage research through capacity building among oncology professionals. It is their belief that oncology research by Nigerians, for Nigerians will provide homegrown results for better treatment outcomes.