Dr. Joe Odumakin, President of the rights group Women Arise for Change Initiative, has called on government at all levels to declare state of emergency in the health sector with special focus on cancer.
Odumakin who spoke in Lagos during a five kilometer run against cancer in Nigeria Tagged “Invasion Racing 1.0” pointed out that cancer remain the 2nd largest killer disease globally with about 102,000 diagnosed annually. She pointed out that the situation was made worse due to lack of adequate manpower and equipment , “Nigerians must stand up and support the call for awareness and treatment in unity, because our best and brightest citizens had been claimed by this deadly disease”.
“Government must prioritize the treatment of cancer, if they can’t make treatment free, they should at least subsidize it and make it accessible. With adequate care and awareness we can prevent cancer, a lot of people did not know what cancer is until late stage”.