Minister, Stakeholders Kick Against Establishment Of Cancer Registry

July 25, 2020
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The federal government has kicked against moves to establish cancer registry in the country to provide statistics of incidence of cancer and give basis for research and treatment.

The minister for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this in Abuja while speaking at a public hearing on three critical health bills, organised by the House of Representatives on Health Services.

The minister noted that the functions of the proposed registry is already being carried out by tertiary health institutions and the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research.

The minister added that the establishment of a cancer registry would be a waste of resource and deepen the rivalry already in the health sector.

Stakeholders at the public hearing which include the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Nigeria Medical Association, amongst others, also kicked against establishment of the registry.

The NLC, the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the National Health Insurance Scheme and other stakeholders in the health sector all supported two bills presented by the House Committee and rejected one.

Giving support on the other two bills to amend the primary health care development act and the establishment of a National Blood Service Commission,  Ehanire, said Nigeria has been declared Wild Polio Virus free and will be ceremoniously certified free by the World Health Organization on August 25th 2020.

The bills supported are: a bill for an act to amend the National Primary Healthcare Agency Development Act Cap N69, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and for Related matters; A bill for an act to Establish the National Blood Service Commission to coordinate, regulate and ensure the provision of quality blood and blood products and related matters.

But A bill for an act to Establish Cancer Registry to make provision for compilation of Statistics Record of Cancer incidence to provide a Basis for Direction of programme  for Research and for Cancer Treatment and for Related matters was rejected by the stakeholders.

The cancer bill in its explanatory memorandum, seeks to look into the present increase of the spread of and attack of cancer disease globally and the deadly consequences on people.

Based on the adoption of the presentation of the Minister who said it would amount to a duplication as Nigeria has 33 cancer treatment centres nationwide, it was rejected by majority of stakeholders.

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