FG reveals plan to cater for cancer survivors

The Federal Government says it has made new policy plans for
cancer survivors to be catered to adequately.


The Director-General, National Institute for Cancer Research
and Treatment (NICRAT), Dr Usman Aliyu, disclosed this in an interview with the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.


According to him, the plan is contained in one of the three
cancer policies aimed at aiding cancer prevention and treatment in Nigeria the
Federal Government will inaugurate soon.


He said the institute has, since its establishment in
January, been working on the policies that are expected to ensure that
prevention, treatment and research into all cancer issues are put on the front


“We have drafted our second National Strategic Cancer
Control Plan. The first one that was ever drafted for the country was for 2018
to 2022 which has expired, but I’m happy to announce to you that the institute
has drafted a new cancer plan.


“It is a five-year plan that will span from 2023 to 2027 and
that is all encompassing. The plan will be a leading guide to all the
activities of cancer in the country and it cuts across the area of cancer
prevention, diagnosis, treatment, palliative care and even survivorship for the
first time.


“We are having this component of cancer survivorship in our
plan for survivors, which is actually a neglected area,” he said.


Aliyu also said the institute has finalised work with the
World Health Organisation (WHO) and other partners to develop the nation’s
first National Cervical Cancer Control plan 2023-2027.


He said the plan would give direction the institute intends
to follow in agenda of WHO in the elimination of cervical cancer by 2030.


He also said being a research institute, research was a very
strong component of NICRAT, but that it could not just dive into it without
having an agenda.


“So we have drafted the first National Cancer Research
Agenda 2024-2028 for the country that will give way and pave a direction for
cancer research in Nigeria”, he said. 


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