Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State on Thursday advised Nigerians to inspire hope and encourage cancer patients to lessen their pains and enable them live happily. The governor gave the advice at a “Cancer Sensitisation Campaign and Book launch” held at the main campus of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. The campaign was organised by the Centre of Excellence on Department Communication (CEDC), Department of Theatre and Performing Arts, ABU. El-Rufa’i, who was represented by Dr Paul Manya-Dogo, Commissioner for Health in the state, observed that such emphathy would not only lessen the pains but inspire hope in the patients. The governor advised cancer patients not to lose hope, assuring that the desease was not a “death sentence.” El-Rufa’i said his government had placed emphasis toward improving primary and secondary healthcare. He said the state government was renovating all the 255 primary health centres in the state to enhance access to healthcare services at the grassroots.According to him, the government has spent over N1 billion in the last three years to strengthen routine immunisation.

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