Kebbi STATE GOVERNMENT ON CAPACITY BUILDING FOR CANCER CONTROL; SPONSORS FOUR PARTICIPANTS ON CANCER SURVEILLANCE COURSE IN UNITED KINGDOM.
The Kebbi State Government has reaffirmed it’s commitment to the control, prevention, survival and treatment of cancer patients in Nigeria by sponsoring four participants to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine( LSHTM) for an advanced short course on cancer survival, principles, methods and application in London.
Knowledge gained will be used to impact the current control system in the state, particularly in the areas of treatment and survival. The annual prestigious course was offered to the state participants at a 50% discounted rate following the working relationship established by Medicaid Cancer Foundation and the Concord Survival Group who came to Nigeria last year on a teaching course. Participants at the UK course include Dr. Kabiru Suleiman (Pathologist) & Dr. Jamilu Muhammed, Kebbi State Cancer Control Officer.
Cancer statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that in 2012, there were 14 million new cases of cancer and 8.2 million deaths, while in 2018 there were 18.1 million new cancer cases and 9.6 million deaths.
Mr Peter, a WHO Representative in charge of Nigeria said an estimated 116,000 new cases of cancer and 41,000 cancer-related deaths were recorded in Nigeria in 2018. He further stated that if current trends are maintained, the cancer burden in Africa is projected to double from 1,055,172 new cancer cases in 2018 to 2,123,245 by 2040, with these high figures it’s imperative that the government steps up participation in the prevention and control of cancer, one of the major killers of humans in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.