Kano State leads in fight against cancer in Nigeria – VP Osinbajo

Acheme Jack, Kano

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Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says Kano state government is at the forefront in the fight against Cancer disease in the nation.

Osinbajo at the Foundation Laying ceremony of the world class Cancer Control Center in Kano state north western Nigeria, modeled alongside a similar center in Melbourne Australia said the state has done the right thing by keying into the 2018 to 2022 National Cancer Plan of the Federal government.

“Kano state is leading the way in this direction. With the cutting-edge facilities as we have just heard from the governor and the experts managing the facility,” said Osinbajo.

He commended the governor of Kano state Dr. Umar Ganduje for the initiative and the desire to serve people beyond the boundaries of the state.

“This Centre is not meant for Kano alone, but it is for the whole nation. We commend you the Governor for your foresighted-ness, dedication and patriotism. “

This is a great work you are doing. You are about to put in place the best Cancer Treatment Centre in the country,” the Vice President emphasized.

Osinbajo said Nigeria has about 15 percent of  Cancer cases in West Africa which is a huge problem as such all hands must be on deck to face the challenge as an action plan has been developed for 2018 t9 2022.

The Vice President said over 2.5 trillion naira has been spent by the President Buhari led administration to bring meaningful infrastructure to the people.
This an amount never seen before spent on infrastructure in the history of our country Nigeria,” he said
Governor Ganduje said the center will be a workable solution to the prevailing cases Prostrate cancer affecting men and Cervical as well as Breast Cancer disturbing women in the state and beyond.

He stated that the facility is being built based on consultation with invited world class experts on cancer and cable of taking care of 90 percent of cases in the state.

He said to ensure sustainability of the facility concrete arrangement has been made for it to be managed under public private partnership.

“Business will not be as usual. We decided that Public Private Partnership would be used in managing the facility. It will be managed by global experts,” assured Ganduje.

The state commissioner of Health Dr. Ibrahim Tsanyawa appreciated Religious and Traditional rulers (5 Emirate Councils), WHO, CDC-NSTOP, UNICEF, MNCH2, CHAI, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dangote Foundation, ROTARY, CORE GROUP, Malaria  Consortium, SOLINA, DFID and others for their continuous support in improving the healthcare sector.

The Vice President also commissioned  the 2.5 Km Aminu Dantata flyover to ease traffic around  highbrow business areas of Bata and Sabo Garri, commissioned an underpass in Kofar Ruwa, and laid foundation stone for the construction of Sheik Qariballah Nasuru Kabara flyover, Shahuci. He equallyhad in interactive session at Gidan Makama Museum, on Emir’s Palace road.

 

L.NASIR

 

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