By Vincess Okushi 

The federal government and he Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, (NSIA) had on Friday 22 March, 2024 signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the procurement of cancer equipment’s for six (6) Federal Tertiary Hospitals to aid oncology care in Nigeria

At the signing of the MoU in Abuja, the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Ali Pate, said the preventative disease has contributed to the huge number of death, hence the launch of the oncology initiative by the government in 2021 to improve oncology care through strategic medical investments that includes the establishment of new oncology and nuclear medicine centres, upgrade of existing facilities and deployment of modern medical infrastructure in the participating tertiary institutions.

The Minister hinted that  delay of the project implementation has affected the country in monetary and lives.
For us to see three to four years where monies have been appropriated to purchase cancer equipment and for one reason or the other, we were not able to move forward
Also, Prof Pate while acknowledging everyone’s contribution said the move will end the tragic story of losing life’s of millions of Nigerians as a result of cancer. 
All stakeholders in the implementation process of the Initiative were consulted and clearance from the Attorney General of the Federation has been received to sign the project at the cost of Thirty Eight Billion Naira
The Oncology Initiative task NSIA with the proposed cutting-edge medical infrastructure to be deployed in the six Teaching Hospitals selected from the six geo- political zones include: linear accelerators, iridium brachytherapy machines, computed tomography (CI) simulators, position emission tomography (PET) scanners and cyclotrons. 

On her part, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health and Social services, Daju, Kachollom expressed delight for the project, stressing that the upgrading and establishment of the six Tertiary Teaching Hospitals should be commended.

She pointed out that this has shown the commitment of the Federal Government under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu towards providing infrastructural facilities aimed at uplifting the lives of Nigeria especially in the Health sector.

Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Directors of the  Teaching Hospitals commended the gesture  adding that this has further buttress the Federal Government commitment for saving lives of numerous Nigerians afflicted with cancer cases.

Earlier in his remarks, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) Aminu Sadiq, noted that this initiative is a win win cancer cases in the country. 
We are particularly pleased as Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority as actors within the space in Nigeria, with our facilities located at LUTH Lagos. We have seen the significant impact that localized world class oncology facilities can make in Nigeria. And also the opportunity to collaborate under the government initiative, has informed something that we all need to ensure it is done”, he emphasized.
The selected Tertiary Teaching Hospitals for the project is from the six geo-political Zones such as University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Federal Teaching Hospital Katsina (FTHK), University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). As  the facilities are would be commissioned between the next sixteen to eighteen months.


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