World Cancer Day: Only 3 public radiotherapy centers in Nigeria

Though 70 percent of cancer patients need radiotherapy treatment, only three centers are functional in the country…

Nigerians suffering from cancer have lamented the high cost of treatment and dearth of treatment facilities and specialists.

The patients and medical experts, who spoke ahead of this year’s World Cancer Day called on governments at the federal and state levels to subsidize treatment and save lives.

February 4 is marked as World Cancer Day and this year’s event is themed “I am and I will”.

Medical practitioners who spoke to Daily Trust revealed that there are no more than three functional radiotherapy centers for cancer treatment in Nigeria.

The Chief Medical Director of the National Hospital, Abuja, Dr. Jafaru Momoh, said aside from the hospital he heads, which has two linac radiotherapy machines, only the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), which is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) has two of the machines.

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