By Chioma OBINNA
Medical professionals who gathered at the 2010 Physician Week organised by the Lagos State Branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) have raised concern over challenges pose by growing urbanisation to healthcare delivery services in the country.
According to the experts at the conference with theme, “Urbanization: A Challenge to Public Health” said actions should be directed towards reorganising the chaotic development that is rife in the cities and return the people to healthy development and living conditions.
Speaking at the conference, the Lagos State Chairman of NMA, Dr Edamisan Temiye noted that the growing urbanisation has become one of the biggest health challenges of the 21st century. According to him, the theme of the conference was chosen to examine the effect on the people’s health amongst others.
Continuing, Temiye who also spoke on the International Cancer Week disclosed that Nigeria has no coordinated approach to the prevention and treatment of cancers.
He regretted that individuals who are stricken with cancer are left to fend for themselves with high cost of treatment, poverty, superstition, lack of appropriate facility for cadre and other factors which has made cancer an extremely deadly disease in Nigeria.
The NMA boss called for massive awareness on the disease stressing that government at all levels should endavour to educate and provide care for those affected.
Temiye noted that achievements in prevention and control of cancer and other Non Communicable diseases would have a major positive impact not only on international health but also on global development.
In his speech, the Local Organising Committee Chairman, Dr. Emene Johnson highlighted that the past decades have witnessed unprecedented urbanisation globally reaching a feverish peak in Lagos metropolis with emphasis mainly on capital and infra structural development without social and welfare programmes to match the massive development and structural expansion.
Johnson said “People should be aware of the implications of physical urbanisation on them and draw the attention of the government to these areas”