FG PREPARES TO ROLL OUT CANCER TREATMENT FUND IN NIGERIA
Written by COMFORT 95.1FM on October 16, 2019
Worried by the increasing number of people suffering from cancer, the federal government has concluded plans to roll out a cancer treatment fund in the country.
Minister of health, Osagie Ehanire said the move was also aimed at reducing the burden of treating cancer and diagnosis, a terminal disease which is said claim more than forty thousand Nigerians yearly.
The minister was speaking at the National Health Dialogue, in Abuja.
Ehanire said the funding plan would also draw support from the private sector which will set up “treatment centres across the country.
He explained that the Nigerian government placed taxes on alcohol and cigarette to reduce the chances of people getting cancer from such products and to also derive funds for health interventions.