HOUSE URGES FED GOVT TO ADDRESS CANCER MORTALITY RATE

HOUSE URGES FED GOVT TO ADDRESS CANCER MORTALITY RATE

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The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Federal Ministry of Health to commission a national survey to generate reliable data on the prevalence of several cancers plaguing Nigerians.

They said this would enable the country to reduce the mortality rate associated with the disease.

The survey, the lawmakers said, should include availability of laboratory diagnostic facilities, such as immunohistochemistry and molecular pathology technique, radio-diagnostics, including nuclear medicine facilities, to engender more exact and reliable diagnosis and treatment of cancer, available personnel and gaps.

They also urged the Federal Government to support the training institutions, such as the post-graduate medical colleges; post-basic school of nursing and medical research institutions, to produce more specialists for cancer diagnosis and treatment.

This followed the passage of a motion by the lawmaker representing Agege, Lagos State, Samuel Babatunde Adejare, on the floor of the House.

After deliberations on the motion, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila asked for a voice vote and majority of the members supported and passed it.

The House urged the Federal Ministry of Health to partner the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) as well as other relevant stakeholders and development partners to harness a multi-sectoral effort to improve cancer care in Nigeria.

The House Committees on Healthcare Services and Health Institution were mandated to ensure the implementation of the motion. (The Nation)

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