By Erezi Efeunu
Subsidised treatment for cancer patients in Nigeria has been described as non-negotiable if the war against cancer is to be won.
Calling on the Federal government to make affordable cancer care and support available for the underprivileged in the country, a cancer specialist, Dr.Omolola Salako, said all hands should be on deck to tackle the menace.
She urged the government to come up with implementable policies that will favour cancer patients and stop unnecessary death of patients.
Salako, who is the founder, Sebeccly Cancer Care, spoke during the 10th anniversary of the organisation designed to ensure adequate awareness on cancer as well as support less privileged cancer patients financially. She said Sebeccly Cancer Care introduced a Cancer Application that would provide adequate information on cancer care.
“Even if we can’t get financial support, discount on cancer treatment will be appreciated. We are also counting on Nigerians for support to tackle cancer scourge in the country.
“We need more partners in the public and private sectors to come together and invest in cancer care, we need individuals who have either been affected or not to contribute their quota to dealing with the scourge,” she noted.
Salako said apart from dearth of cancer machines, getting financial assistance as well as getting the best team to work with remains a problem.
Further she disclosed that the organisation is working on a cancer app that would provide adequate information for prevention, treatment, management, among others, and that the organisation will continue to lend support to cancer patients, survivors and families of those who have passed on.
On her part, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, WAPA, Hon. Lola Akande, blamed the low survival rates of patients on dearth of infrastructure to tackle cancer, but was optimistic that Nigeria will demystify the disease.