Cancer patients groan as radiotherapy machines breakdown nationwide
Cancer patients across the country are experiencing difficult time following the breakdown of all radiotherapy machines in treatment centres.
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Damaged due to wear and tear are the cancer machines at the National Hospital Abuja, NHA, Lagos University Teaching Hospitals, LUTH, University College Hospital, and UCH, Ibadan.
Others are those in Gombe, Enugu, Benin, Sokoto among other health institution.
And consequently, patients are facing death as they are not able to undergo radiation therapy, Vanguard reported.
It said this was not a new development only that it has become unmanageable in the last few weeks.
“For about two weeks now, no radiotherapy machine is working in Nigeria, because all the seven machines procured during the VAMED era at the end of their life span. They are no more being produced by the companies that produced them.
‘’It is a national problem. I am happy that the government, through the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, is working hard to give us a robust radiotherapy programme within the country.
‘’We have repaired them and they keep breaking down. I am not an engineer; I don’t know when it will be ready. It is an old machine, it will break down from time to time. We know it will also break down again. The machine is old,” the Chief Medical Director, LUTH, Prof. Chris Bode explained to the paper.
It would be recalled that according to World Health Organisation(WHO), Nigeria has the highest cancer death rate in Africa with about 10,000 cancer deaths recorded annually.
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