As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Cancer Day, the National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (NICRAT) has stressed the need for early detection, prevention and access to quality treatment and care.
The director-general of NICRAT, Professor Usman Malami Aliyu, stated this at a press briefing to commemorate the 2024 World Cancer Day, themed: “Closing the Care Gap” in Abuja.
He said, “Cancer is a relentless disease that knows no boundaries, affecting people of all ages, races, and walks of life. It is a leading cause of death worldwide, and its burden continues to grow. However, with early detection, prevention, and access to quality treatment and care, many cancer cases can be effectively managed, and lives can be saved.”
Reflecting on the progress achieved so far in advancing cancer care in the country, the DG said the strategic procurement of advanced cancer treatment equipment represents a significant stride towards closing the care gap, and enhancing the infrastructure of cancer care across the country.
“The Improvement in cancer health fund, and the introduction of the childhood cancer counterpart fund has been a pivotal step in our pursuit of equitable and sustainable financing for cancer care and treatment. This initiative fulfils a critical need, providing the necessary resources to enhance patient care and support across the country.
“At the National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment, we are committed to advancing the fight against cancer through research, education, and advocacy. Our goal is to improve cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients and survivors,” he added.