Students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, have called on the government to provide grants to researchers and local pharmaceutical companies to enable them to produce cheaper drugs for cancer treatment. The students led by a 400-Level Medical Laboratory Science student, Oluwatosin Ogunwola, made the appeal in Osogbo, the Osun State on Monday.

Oluwatosin said the students were in the state to sensitise the people on the need to go for regular cancer screening. Many Nigerians, he said, were living with cancer without knowing about it. Oluwatosin said: “The government should provide grants to researchers and pharmaceutical companies to produce cancer drugs, which will be cheaper and affordable to the poor people. Many Nigerians have died of cancer because they learnt about the disease late. Many do not bother to go to hospitals because they believe it is an incurable disease. But early detection and prompt treatment has a way of cushioning the psychological trauma.”

Oluwatosin urged people, especially those whose family members suffered cancer, to regularly go for checkup. He said the theme of 2015 Cancer Day, Not Beyond Us, was appropriate, noting that although cancer elimination seemed insurmountable, but early detection and prompt treatment remained the best measures.

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