Project PINK BLUE has called on the Federal Government to establish a National Agency on Cancer Control, to ameliorate the pains of cancer patients, reduce cancer deaths and cancer incidence.
The Executive Director of Project PINK BLUE, Runcie C.W. Chidebe, made the call while addressing newsmen after the World Cancer Day walk. Chidebe said, “Though more people are affected by cancer in western countries compared to sub-Saharan Africa, but, more people die of the disease in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in Nigeria”.
According to him, “It is not proper that in a country of over 160million people, we have only two treatment centres that are functional. The government is doing something, but, it needs to do more, Hon. Muhammed Usman sponsored the bill for the establishment of an agency for cancer control. If that bill passes through and gets the president’s assent, there would be an improvement in cancer survivorship, more awareness and significant reduction in the prevalence of cancer and cancer deaths in Nigeria”.
World Cancer Day is commemorated globally by millions of people across world every 4th February.
Project PINK BLUE is an NGO engaged in cancer awareness, free screenings, support to people battling with cancer, fundraising, and patient navigation. During last year’s World Cancer Day, the organization raised N5.5million in cash and N9million in drug support through Pink Oak to support Comfort Oyayi Daniel a breast cancer patient. She was also at the walk.
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