Why we decided to build cancer treatment centres – Osinbajo

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From Lola RUMIDE, Abuja.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo had on Monday, January 13, 2020, laid the foundation of the first state-owned Cancer Centre at the Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital in Kano State.

He said the country contributes about 15 percent of deaths from cancer disease in West Africa. This had, therefore, informed the decision of the Federal government to introduce the National Cancer Control Plan 2018 – 2022 where states are expected to follow suit in order to address the indices.

“In 2018, four percent of deaths in Nigeria were caused by cancer alone. Over 72,000 Nigerians die annually of cancer. So Nigeria contributes about 15 percent of cancer deaths in West Africa. So there is a major problem with cancer in Nigeria.

“And that is why the Federal Government decided on the National Cancer Control Plan 2018 – 2022. Part of the plan is the involvement of states so that each state would have its own cancer control facility and plan and key into the Federal Government’s own plan.

“I must say that again, we have a situation where Kano State has led the way in plugging into the plan of the federal government. I must commend the foresight of the Governor,” Osinbajo said.

However, on its part, the contractors of both the structural and facilities components promised that the centre will be the highest and the best in Africa. The projects are however billed for completion by July 2020.

The Vice President had earlier commissioned two intensive and developmental projects of Tijjani Hashim Underpass in Kofar Ruwa, the Aminu Dantata Flyover in Sabon Gari amongst other projects constructed by the Kano State Government.

He also visited the palace of the Emir of Kano, where he was accompanied by Governor Ganduje to pay homage to the Emir, Muhammadu Sunusi II just as he commended the Emir for the reign of peace in the state and country at large.

Responding, the Emir, lauded the projects while calling for speedy completion of other projects in the state.

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