Nigeria has no functional cancer machine – Health minister

Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole has said Nigeria does not have any functional cancer machine at the moment.

He made the shocking revelation during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

Adewole said the government is partnering with international bodies to establish 3 VVF hospitals in the country.

The minister also lamented that no cancer machine was currently working in the country.

He said, “Much more important also in our 2017 budget we want to upgrade seven more centres for the treatment of cancer.

“As we are talking today, there is no public hospital in Nigeria that has cancer treatment machine that is working.

“Ideally we need one machine per one million people. Going by that, Nigeria should have about 200 cancer treatment machines. We have seven but none of the seven machines is working today.”

Adewole also said only the Federal Government hospital in Benin was capable of doing a marrow transplant.

“It is only Benin that is a step ahead and we want to encourage many more to be able to do marrow transplant.

“But it is Benin that has taken the lead and we are encouraging as many of them that want to come into this area because it can lead to the cure of so many ailments including sickle cell,” he said.

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