Kano State government has awarded a contract for the construction of a state-of-the-art centre for the treatment of cancer at the Muhammadu Buhari Specialists Hospital in the state.

Experts indicated that the centre whose contract was awarded for N2. 4 billion, was the first of its kind in any public hospital in Nigeria, adding that it would improve access to the treatment given that Nigeria as at date, has only nine cancer centres, six of which are presently not functioning.

Speaking during an inspection visit to the proposed project site, Gov. Ganduje explained that the project implementation would be supervised by consultants from Varian Medicals, a radiation oncology treatment and software maker with a view to ensuring that it was of international standard.

“It is envisioned that our proposed cancer centre would join the league of the MacCallum Centre, as one of the few cancer treatment facilities in the world, which has a fully-integrated clinical and lab programme flanking a hospital,” he stated.

“High-intensity radiation treatment is involved if the detected cancer is in the advanced stage (depending on the type of cancer). That is why we planned to construct radiation bunkers among other specialised infrastructure we are putting in here,” he revealed.

“We are concerned about the growing number of cancer patients, including the sad fact that many of them cannot access effective treatment, hence suffering and even death.

“Importantly, because we (Kano State) have a population in Nigeria, it implies that the incidence of cancer in the state will be higher than most states in the country,” he added.

Recent statistics released by WHO indicated that over 100, 000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer annually and about 80, 000 die from the disease, averaging 240 daily or 10 Nigerians hourly, who are dying from cancer.

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