FG PLANS TO CONSTRUCT SIX CANCER TREATMENT CENTRES IN NIGERIA - ALAUSA

FG PLANS TO CONSTRUCT SIX CANCER TREATMENT  CENTRES IN NIGERIA - ALAUSA

FG PLANS TO CONSTRUCT SIX CANCER TREATMENT CENTRES IN NIGERIA - ALAUSA

Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dr.Tunji Alausa, has announced the Federal Government's plan to construct six new cancer healthcare centers within the period of three years.

 The Minister made this announcement on Tuesday, 6th February, 2024, while speaking at a symposium organized by the Federal Ministry of Health & Social Welfare in Abuja.

Alausa mentioned that the cancer Centre would  be built  in the Ahmadu Bello University  Teaching Hospital; 

Zaria, University of Nigeria; Teaching Hospital Enugu; Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos;

 Federal Teaching Hospital, Katsina; University of Jos Teaching Hospital and University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin.

He further informed that #20 billion had been secured for the construction of the Cancer Centers in the country within the next three years.

Briefing the Media, the Minister stated that these Centre were Strategically placed in the Six geopolitical Zones with the aim of enhancing accessibility and prompt cancer response and treatment.  "Sadly, the value of the money has depreciated because of the rising inflation," he noted.

"We had to make Presentation to the President and National Assembly for additional budgetary allocation to build the cancer Centers," he mentioned.


In her opening remarks, Permanent Secretary, FMOH &SW  Kachollom  Daju mni  disclosed  that the government has signed circulars making it mandatory for all cancer patients in our Tertiary Health Institutions to be reviewed by a Multidisciplinary Tumor Board (MDT) for positive cancer treatment. 

She added that the Ministry is making frantic efforts to ensure that relevant policies and guidelines are available to guide all the healthcare workers to provide quality services.


Daju reiterated that the Ministry is working assiduously to ensure the best range of infrastructure and anti-cancer medicine are provided for optional treatment outcomes of cancer patients in the country.


This year's Cancer Day commemoration was witnessed by representatives of Multi-national Development Partners; Non-Governmental Organizations; Pharmaceutical Companies; Captains of Medical Centers among others.


Patricia Deworitshe 

Director information 

7th February, 2024