The Niger state Ministry of Health and RAISED Foundation are collaborating to develop the state cancer control strategic plan aimed at reducing the incidence and prevalence of ailment in the state.
The two-day meeting was organised for stakeholders to develop a 5-year cancer control strategic plan for the state.
In his address, Dr Maku Sidi, the state Commissioner for Health, described cancer “as a large family diseases that arise due to uncontrolled cell growth with potential to spread to other parts of the body.
Sidi, who was represented by Dr Joseph Kolo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, explained that the meeting was to develop a plan to serve as road map in preventing cancer occurrence in the state.
“This is to ensure prompt diagnosis and treatment for cancer patients and provision of palliative care aimed at improving the quality of lives and to allocate resources efficiently,” he said.
He added that government was investing in raising public awareness on early signs and symptoms of common survival, adding that early detection and prompt diagnosis was key to cancer survival.
“This is to increase cancer awareness among communities, provide best quality of life of cancer patients survivors and their families and assist stakeholders to provide high quality cancer data for dissemination, research and planning,” she added.
Hassan noted that the plan was intended to be implemented for five years, adding that state health services outlets such as IBB Specialist Hospital, Federal Medical Center Bida would be used for screening and diagnosis while National Hospital Abuja for tertiary care services.