These Set Of People Stand A High Risk Of Cancer

NOWA, 500 women, breast cancerThe Director of Public Health, Ogun State Ministry of Health, Dr. Quudus Yusuf, says smokers and sex merchants are more susceptible to cancer disease.

He stated this in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, during a cancer enlightenment campaign.

According to him, heavy smokers and sex workers stand 95% risk of getting infected with cancer, adding that cervical cancer, the most common of the disease in the female gender, could also be sexually transmitted if not detected early.

Categorizing the disease into two, Dr. Yusuf said malignant cancer, the most deadly form of the disease was associated with breast, lungs and prostrate, while benign tumour cancer, a swelling of organs of the body could easily be managed.

He said the state government was doing a lot to reduce its prevalence through awareness, pointing out that the uplift programme of the wife of the Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, placed priority on free cancer screenings and treatment for infected people across the state.

The director highlighted some of its symptoms to include loss of appetite, low blood level, loss of weight, changes in skin and unusual enlargement of organs in the body.

He however noted that with regular medication and radiotherapy, cancer could be managed.

Furthermore, he urged members of the public to always visit the hospital for regular checkup, as he stated that the State Hospital, Ijaye Abeokuta as well as that of Ota, are adequately equipped with state of the art equipment to handle such cases.

NPHCDA Decries Poor Primary Healthcare Funding

NPHCDA Decries Poor Primary Healthcare FundingThe National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has blamed inadequate funding of the health sector on the poor primary healthcare services in Nigeria.

The Acting Director of NPHCDA, Emmanuel Odu, made the criticism at the 2016 annual primary healthcare lecture in Abuja, organised to discuss sustainable financing options for the sector.

Mr Odu stressed the effects of poor funding for the health sector on primary healthcare services in Nigeria, revealing that over 70% of Nigeria’s health funding comes from donor partners, tax revenues and ‘out of pocket’ spending by the individuals.

Also, a representative of the Northern Traditional Rulers at the forum and Emir of Jiwa, Idris Musa, explained how the lack of funding for primary healthcare had affected their communities.

The Director of Public Health at the Federal Ministry of Health, Evelin Ngige, who spoke on behalf the Minister of Health, confirmed the poor monetary allocation to the health sector.

She, however, assured the people of the government’s determination to provide more funding going forward.

The Global Vaccine Alliance, otherwise known as Gavi, has provided much funding for primary healthcare service in Nigeria.

The decision of the organisation to stop the funding of vaccines in Nigeria by 2017 has raised serious concern about how the Federal Government would make up for the funding gap that the exit of Gavi and other donor partners would create.

Out of the 6.08 trillion Naira 2016 budget, 221.7 was earmarked to fund the health sector.

This is a far cry from the 15% of Nigeria’s budget agreed by African leaders at the Abuja Declaration in 2001 to be committed to the health sector.