Kebbi governor’s wife hails FG on cancer control chain

Dr Zainab Bagudu, the wife of Kebbi state governor says there have been a lot of changes and improvement in the nation’s cancer control chain under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.   Bagudu stated this in Birnin Kebbi when she hosted the Minister of Information and Culture,

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Alhaji Lai Mohammed and a team of journalists who were in the state to cover the 2020 Argungu International Fishing and Cultural festival. “The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has been supportive and has taken the issue of cancer very seriously. “There have been a lot of changes in the cancer control chain under the administration. “The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH)’s MSI Cancer Center is one of the facilities that has witnessed this transformation . “For the first time in 12 years we now have  two working radiotherapy machines which are backed up with experienced personnel and diagnostic facilities. “Two weeks ago, the Minister of Health commissioned state-of-the-art diagnostic centre in Kano. “We Also have two  radiotherapy and cancer centres in Abuja,” she said. The first lady added that, for the first time, there is a new policy on cancer that mandates National Health Insurance Scheme to cover cancer diagnosis, surgery, radiotherapy  and treatment for the indigent.

She described a recent online news claiming that there are no functional working cancer machines in Nigeria as fake. “We have four, courtesy of this administration  and this is something they will continue to provide and ensure that they work to ensure that they become more available  and accessible to the common man,” she said.

Bagudu, a medical doctor said she has a foundation that is doing a lot of advocacy work on maternal and child health as well as on cancer.

“Medicare Foundation is at the forefront of creating awareness on cancer as well as raising funds for indigent cancer patients. “The Foundation is one of the organisations that partner with NHIS to ensure free diagnosis and treatment to the indigent cancer patients,” she said. She thanked the Minister and the media team for coming to the state to promote the Argungu fishing festival.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the Bagudu presented souvenirs of the foundation to the Minister and his entourage. In a brief remark, the Minister thanked the first lady, the husband and the people of Kebbi state for their hospitality. He said Argungu festival is outstanding in promoting culture, agriculture, science, sports and environmental preservation. Mohammed said after 11 years of hiatus, the Argungu fishing festival came back with a bang and the federal government will continue to support successful hosting  of the festival annually. (NAN)

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