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Nigerian Cancer Society Says FG has Earmarked N1bn for Patients in Nigeria

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PRNigeria reports that the president of the Nigerian Cancer Society (NCS) Dr. Alhassan Adamu Umar has revealed that the Federal Government of Nigeria has earmarked the sum of one billion naira for cancer care in the country as the organization is set to monitor implementation.

The fund is the cumulative figure for 2019 and 2020 budget with six hospitals selected by the Federal Ministry of Health across the six geopolitical zones for the hospitals to recruit patients that will benefit from the fund called cancer health fund (CHF).

Adamu stated this during an exclusive interview with Arewa Agenda on the sidelines of a retreat for organizational development organized by the Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN), last weekend.

He added that the hospital will mostly attend to less privileged patients that face financial challenges in accessing care, so that they can benefit from the facility.

“It is the intention of NCS to engage relevant stakeholders and government so that there can be an upward review in the amount allocated for cancer under the budget line for cancer health fund including all federal health institutions in the county, that will be under a cancer scheme. We are optimistic that with such initiatives, hopefully things will get better,” he expressed.

Adamu explained that since he emerged the youngest President of the society about a year ago, he has been working assiduously towards organizing activities for cancer Advocacy, Awareness and campaigns as Nigerian cancer society serve as the primary body for all cancer Advocators in the country.

“Collaboration and partnership with a lot of organizations, philanthropists, first lady against cancers, NGOs, and concerned individuals towards currying support for the activities of the NCS for the betterment of people suffering from the disease and to make sure we have effective awareness machinery on cancer in Nigeria,” he emphasized.

Speaking about cancer rate in the country, Dr. Adamu believed statistics is an issue impeding the struggle as access to numbers regarding cancer care is a very important factor, stressing that continuous awareness and enlightenment remains key to achieving a cancer free society.

“The lack of adequate cancer healthcare to diagnose cancer and keep records is the number one problem, you can’t get the number until the diagnosis have been taken and this serves as a great threat to statistics

“For me, I come from Yobe State, Northeastern part of Nigeria, where the literacy level is low and for every society like that, ignorant myths and misconceptions associated with cancer particularly in rural areas will continue to thrive,” he explained.

Dr. Alhassan Umar Adamu revealed that he was driven to become a cancer advocate over 30years ago as a secondary school student and this has culminated into him becoming president of one of the oldest cancer oriented non-governmental organizations that have been existing for over five decades, the NCS.

He commended the coordinator of Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN), Dr Aminu Magashi Garba for the immense and tireless support that the AHBN has been doing for the Nigerian Cancer Society as its first and consistent frontline supporter over the years.

By PRNigeria.

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World Sight Day 2021: North Risks Outnumbering South in Vision Impairment Cases – REPORT

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In 2020, some health researchers Investigative Opthalmology and Visual Science say, there is a high prevalence of blindness and severe visual impairment among those above 40 years in Nigeria.

According to them, the tendencies to get high number of patients of vision impairment in Northern Nigeria will escalate and supercede the number of cases in the South as a result of extreme poverty in the region.

Some findings also revealed that, the North’s vision impairment cases is more common among old aged persons, women and children – and is often caused by poor literacy.

In 2020, a Nigerian medical expert, Dr Abia Nzelu says, every five seconds one person in the world goes blind even as she said that over 1 million blind adults live in Nigeria.

He says, a child goes blind every minute and that 4 out of 5 blind people are needlessly blind in developing countries like Nigeria, said these things happen because most people do not seek preventive eye care.

In Kano this year, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has ordered an immediate response against the disease through conducting a Free Eye Health Outreach Program to 14,000 residents at different healthcare facilities to mark 2021 World Sight Day.

The state’s commissioner of health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa who made this known during a press conference on Thursday says, considering the prevalence of the disease in the state, Ganduje has also institutionalized Primary Eye Care into PHC system through signing MoU with relevant facilities in the state.

According to Dr Tsanyawa, Kano state government’s effort will assiduously help in curing the already confirmed cases of vision impairment in the state, “which will change the narrative of experts’ research on the North.”

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Group Calls for Protest in Kano Over ‘Alleged’ Marginalization to Indigenous Staffers at Dala Orthopedic Hospital

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A non-governmental organization, Society for Educational Development and Socio-Democratic Activities (SEDSAC) on Friday expresses dismay over the alleged marginalization to indigenous staffers promotion at Dala Orthopedic Hospital, Kano.

 

The group says, Kano as the host of the institution, its citizens “must” be given proper consideration for recruitment and promotion of the existing employees, not stacking them always at the backward positions.

 

In a statement issued to PRIME TIME NEWS on Friday and signed by the Executive Director SEDSAC, Comrade Umar Hamisu Kofar Na’isa says, such act will not be accepted by SEDSAC, adding that they will call on the management as well as government to desist from promoting this culture of injustice to other staffers.

 

“We want to also call the attention of Kano citizens of Kano to hold a grand protests in the hospital premises to express to the world the extant of marginalization to the indigenous staffers in the hospital.”

 

The organization however threatened that they will no longer allow such to continue to happening in the facility, others showing tribal differences despite being a Federal Government Owned Hospital.

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STRIKE: Resident Doctors Give FG 72-hour Ultimatum to Pay Salary Arrears

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The Federal Government has been given a 72-hour ultimatum by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors to pay its members being owed Medical Residency Training Fund and salary arrears.

 

 

The Resident Doctors also urged the government withdraw the lawsuit filed against doctors before the National Industrial Court in the interest of peace.

 

The NARD in a communiqué issued at the end of its 41st Annual General Meeting held in Bauchi State on Saturday, jointly signed by its President, Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, and the Secretary General, Jerry Isogun, expressed concern at the Federal Government’s continued failure to agree to their demands.

 

 

The resident doctors notet their determination to continue with the indefinite strike, which began on August 2, 2021, until their minimum demands are met.

 

The AGM, in particular, demanded that the Federal Government should ensure the payment of the Medical Residency Training fund within 72 hours since the money meant for it is available and verification of the list for payment has been completed.

 

The resident doctors also demanded payment of the arrears of salaries of their members on GIFMIS platform within 72 hours while the migration process continues.

 

The communique sought for the payment of their withheld August and September salaries.

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