UCH has no equipment to tackle Cervical Cancer

The University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan records between 650 and 800 cases of cancer annually but is not equipped to treat the patients.

Theresa Elumelu, a Consultant Radiologist at UCH, disclosed this on Monday in Ibadan while briefing newsmen on activities marking the 50th anniversary of the Association of Radiologists of West Africa.

Ms. Elumelu also disclosed that the hospital has not been supplied with any equipment that could be used for the treatment of cervical cancer.

Earlier, a consultant in the Radiology Department of UCH, Biodun Adeyinka, lamented that many challenges are being encountered in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the hospital.

Mr. Adeyinka said some of the challenges include the lack of funds to purchase modern radiological and radiotherapy equipment.

Other challenges are the lack of constant electricity power supply, poor equipment maintenance culture and inadequate training of personnel.

“All these have contributed to increase morbidity and mortality in most hospitals in our respective countries,’’ he said.

Mr. Adeyinka also said most radiology equipment require upgrading or replacement every five years in order to ensure optimal function.

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