By Jonah Nwokpoku
Nigeria needs at least N63, 420, 000, 000 to effectively control the scourge of cancer in the country. The money will be invested in acquisition of at least 36 Mobile Cancer Centre units at N95 million per unit and in the building of six Comprehensive Cancer Centres in each of the geopolitical zones in the country.
The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, CECP, disclosed this at an event to mark the 2015 World Cancer Day in Lagos.The group said Nigeria has fared badly in the fight against the deadly scourge because it has not made any significant investment that will help it to effectively combat the disease.
As a result of this, Nigerians suffering from the disease spend at least $200 million annually treating themselves overseas, a reasonable sum which can make significant impact in the fight.
Addressing journalists in Lagos, the Executive Secretary of CECP, Dr. Abia Nzelu said that as a result of the little attention paid in the fight against the scourge by the government, Nigeria had lost hundreds of people to the disease and would continue to lose many more as statistics had shown that the rate of Nigerians dying daily from the disease had increased.
According to her: “Nigeria has the worst survival rate in the world at 20 per cent. At the moment, breast cancer kills 40 women daily while prostate cancer kills between 26 and 28 men daily.”