Nigeria: FG to Establish Agency for Cancer Control
While meeting with the director, Head of Eastern Europe, Middle East, African (EEMEA) region, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Pharmaceuticals Division, Peter Hug in Abuja,
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said that the Federal Government was exploring the possibility of setting up the National Agency for Cancer Control, and that the institution, when established, would be responsible for research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care for cancer patients, adding that The agency would also provide leadership and technical direction for cancer control in Nigeria, integrating services provided by the National Cancer Centre and incorporating a cluster of public and private tertiary Hospitals, and Other functions expected to be performed by the agency include, policy formulation, advocacy and mobilization, as per the Global Non-Communicable Diseases Framework. Mr. Adewole said the ministry, in collaboration with other interested parties in cancer control, was working hard in creating awareness at the rural areas on early detection of cancer, and expressed the government’s determination and willingness to partner with Mr. Hug on cancer prevention and control in Nigeria.