Chief Medical Director of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, Dr Adekunle Ajayi, has urged well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of cancer patients, in view of the high cost of treatment.
Ajayi said, “Treatment of the scourge is expensive. This has made it imperative for kind-hearted and well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid by giving them assistance in the course of treatment”.
The CMD spoke during a public lecture themed, Fighting the scourge of cancer in Nigeria, and organised in Ido Ekiti by the Nigerian Medical Association (National Committee on Cancer), in partnership with FETHI, to commemorate the 2019 World Cancer Day.
Ajayi, who lauded the choice of FETHI as venue of the programme, said, “This hospital has able hands who have been going to different communities to sensitise the people and offer free screening exercises on cancer”.
According to him, FETHI goes on outreach services, at least twice in a week, to make quality healthcare service delivery readily available for people at the grassroots.
The Guest Speaker and Consultant Anatomic Pathologist, Dr Abidemi Omonisi, said that if breast, cervix and prostrate cancers could be fought to a standstill, the prevalence of cancer would drop drastically in Nigeria. Analysing the established environmental and genetic causes of human cancer, Omonisi, who is the Director of Ekiti State Cancer Registry, said “Industrial chemicals, asbestos fibres, radiation, pesticides, drugs, diet and chromosomal instability can all lead to cancers. Early screening should thus be encouraged as one of the ways to stem the spread of cancers.” He listed other preventive measures as including health education, setting up and funding of cancer registry, taking rainbow diets (balanced diets), reduction in unhealthy lifestyle, self-examination of breast and other parts of the body and creating a policy that would promote easy access to affordable treatment and research, among others.
Source: Medical World