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May 8, 2018

Foreign Hospital seeks to help Nigeria defeat cancer

Foreign Hospital seeks to help Nigeria defeat cancer

L-R: Semira Dikbas, International Patient Affairs Advisor, Dr. Rajeev Kaushal, Head of the Oncology, and Dilip Veliyath, Business Development Executive of the Saudi-German Hospital.

By Luminous Jannamike

ABUJA – A leading health care provider in the Middle East, the Saudi-German Hospital, Tuesday expressed the desire to help Nigeria win the fight against cancer.

Dr. Rajeev Kaushal, the Hospital’s Head of the Oncology, made this known in a chat with journalists, after a meeting in Abuja between the representatives of the hospital and critical stakeholders in Nigeria’s health sector.

L-R: Semira Dikbas, International Patient Affairs Advisor, Dr. Rajeev Kaushal, Head of the Oncology, and Dilip Veliyath, Business Development Executive of the Saudi-German Hospital.

He said: “According to WHO’s recent statistics, between 102, 000 and 120, 000 patients are diagnosed with cancer each year in Nigeria. It is disappointing that out of these figures, about 72, 000 patients are lost to the scourge.

This is mainly due to lack of state-of-the-art cancer treatment and management facilities in the country, lack of sufficient public awareness, and lack of a necessary political will to build quality hospitals and treatment centres where citizens can access cancer services affordably.

“These were the issues discussed with our Nigerian partners, and going by the outcome of our meeting, it may take about three to five years to set up facilities across the country that would address the deficit in health infrastructure for cancer treatment and management.

“But in the interim, we have agreed to set up a cancer referral centre. We have also made arrangement for our medical experts to fly into Abuja from Dubai to conduct special screening for patients who are having symptoms or suspicions about cancer. Against that background, if there are confirmation of cases, patients can be flown to Dubai for subsidised medical treatments.

“This is just a short-term measure. In that, the Saudi-German Group in collaboration with our Nigerian partners will soon be setting-up a $30m state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre in Abuja,” he said.

Also speaking, the International Patient Affairs Advisor of the Saudi-German Hospital, Semira Dikbas, said that as a first contact person of the hospital, she was always ready to give the best to patients at all times, especially in the areas of hospitality and logistics.