Former President Goodluck Jonathan stressed the need to give the National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP 2018-2022) strong support to overcome the effects of cancer in Nigeria.
Jonathan launched the call at an event hosted by Lift Above Poverty Organization, labeled “Promoting Community Cancer Control Program in Nigeria: LAPO-C4 INITIATIVE”.
According to him, the current National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP 2018 – 2022) which is an emanation of the first National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP 2008 – 2013), has identified a complete set of seven objectives.
“It covers prevention, treatment, care, advocacy, data management, logistics and governance.
“I task all stakeholders to give the plan the support it so badly needs for effective implementation.
“This will ensure that our country makes significant progress in the management and treatment of cancer.
“It will also guide us to aim to become a leader in the development of cancer management models in Africa.
“Cancer management is quite expensive and depends on technology, but local solutions like community-based LAPO C4 offer us hope,” he said.
Jonathan said that with the effort and manpower required, the country could develop a system that works for its particular environment.
He said that with such an effort, it would give the country the best possible results and reduce the possibility of loss of life.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, represented by Zainab Sheriff, Director, Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine, advocated synergy between the government and civil society in the fight against cancer in the country.
He said: “I would like to reiterate that the ministry is delighted to collaborate with LAPO and all other organizations in the fight against cancer in Nigeria, as well as to continue to strengthen the synergy between the NCCP and civil society organizations ( OSC).
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that a former deputy governor of Edo, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, who is a cancer survivor, has identified early detection as the key to the fight against cancer.
“Early detection of cancer offers the possibility of effective treatment and full recovery.
“As a cancer survivor, I can attest to the effectiveness of early detection,” Oghiadomhe said.
LAPO President Dr Osaren Emokpae appealed for the support of well-meaning people in establishing subsidized cancer screening and treatment centers across the country.