By Steve Unegbu
(Executive members of NMA Abia state )
The Nigerian Medical Association Abia state chapter, has called on the Abia state government to provide facilities for cancer radiotherapy and other facilities that facilitate the treatment of cancers ,pointing out that ” it is an important part of health care that should be looked into “
(Some members of NMA Abia state )
The call was made known by the NMA Abia state chairman, Dr Mrs Carol Iwuoha ,during a press briefing organized to mark the occasion of World Cancer Day 2020 ,held at Federal Medical Center Umuahia.
According to her , “In a state like Abia state ,we do not have facilities for radiotherapy and that is a key treatment for cancer .If somebody wants to do radiotherapy here in Abia state ,there is no where it can be done .So it is a call on the government to provide these facilities”
She disclosed that , the National Health Insurance scheme does not cover cancer treatment ,adding that there is no clear national policy on cancer ,which she described as very important to drive the various activities and actions needed to prevent cancer and its attendant morbidities and mortalities.
She said ,NMA will continue to partner with all relevant stakeholders in the fight against the scourge of cancer and will remain committed to the improvement of the quality of health care delivery in the country.
She further commended all the Nigerian medical Association members involved in the spectrum of cancer care from prevention, diagnosis and treatment to palliative and social support.
In similar vein ,Dr Chimezie Okwuonu ,a Consultant Nephrologist ,Federal Medical Center Umuahia, underscored some of the benefits of provision of radiotherapy machines in the State to include saving lives ,prompt diagnosis ,screening and treatment of patients , reduction in the number of deaths resulting from cancer in the State , improve health care delivery and even generation of income to the state .