Members of the Ondo State House of Assembly say it is important to have cancer management centres in all geo-political zones.
The Ondo State House of Assembly yesterday urged the Federal Government to expedite action on the establishment of the proposed cancer management centres in each of the six geo-political zones of the country.
The House, which lamented the alarming rate at which the deadly disease had been claiming the lives of Nigerians, noted that if notable and prominent citizens with financial means like the Late Gani Fawehinmi; Tai Solarin; Olusola Saraki, among numerous others could be killed by the disease, thousands of other Nigerians are definitely susceptible to the disease.
Moving the motion on the floor of the House, the Majority leader, Ifedayo Akinsoyinu, lamented that cancer is terribly ravaging the country at an alarming rate.
“Senior citizens of this country whose positive contributions to the social, economic and political growth of our nation are still required, had been killed by the disease.
“We remember with pains, the unfortunate death of our own human rights activist and lawyer, the Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi; the Late Tai Solarin and the late Strongman of Kwara politics, Chief Olusola Saraki, among others who all died of cancer.
“This nation can no longer afford to lose any of her citizens to cancer simply because we failed to do what can stem the tide”, he said.
Mr. Akinsoyinu therefore proposed the immediate establishment of the centres with qualified personnel and modern equipment in each of the six-geo-political zone of the country.
The lawmaker also asked the federal government to site that of the Southwest zone in Ondo state because the administration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko was reputed for implementing healthcare policies that had remained a benchmark by global ratings.
He said the establishment of the Cancer Management Centre in Ondo would also complement the activities at the Gani Fawehinmi health Diagnostic Centre,” he added.
Speaker of the House, Samuel Adesina, commended the sponsors of the motion and urged the federal government to be more proactive in the establishment of the cancer management centres.