Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that Nigeria contributes about 15 per cent of cancer deaths in West Africa.
Osinbajo disclosed that 72,000 Nigerians died of cancer annually adding that In 2018, four per cent of deaths in Nigeria were caused by cancer alone.
He said this informed the decision of the Federal government to introduce the National Cancer Control Plan 2018 – 2022 “where states are expected to follow suit in order to address the indices.”
The vice president stated this while laying the foundation of the first state-owned Cancer Centre at the Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital in Kano State.
He added that part of the plan is the involvement of states so that each state would have its own cancer control facility and plan and key into the Federal Government’s own plan.
“I must say that again, we have a situation where Kano State has led the way in plugging into the plan of the federal government. I must the foresight of the Governor,” he said.
Also speaking the Governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje said the facility was borne out of research and investigation it conducted which revealed that Prostrate and Breast cancer is prevalent among men and women respectively in the state, adding that the centre would provide solution to the problem.
“And according to our investigation, the equipment to be used in the facilities can solve 90 per cent of cancer treatment cases that are existing in Kano. And that is the genesis of this cancer treatment centre,” he said.