Minister Inspects New Cancer Machines @ LUTH
- Written by Oluwafemi Olowookere
The Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has recently, inspected the newly installed Cancer treatment machines at the Cancer centre, Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
Speaking during the inspection, Professor Adewole said that the new machines had the capacity to treat 120 patients per day in one and a half minutes, as against 100 patients with four old machines; some of them installed over fifteen years ago.
Regrettably, Adewole said most Cancer cases were reported late; thereby requiring the rather expensive radiotherapy method of treatment. He however said that the availability of the new machines at the Center would go a long way in reducing the cost of treatment and ultimately check medical tourism.
He also informed that the Federal Government had planned to replicate the installation of such machines in many other centres across the country. In his words ‘at least one in each of the six geo-political zones’
The Minister further advised Nigerians to adopt a healthy lifestyle by staying away from smoking, eating healthy diets and exercising regularly adding that the Center would be open for Public use in March.
Fielding questions from journalists on availability of adequate Manpower at the center, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) Professor Chris Bode, said that specialists were already under- going training and re-conversion, typical of medical practice.
Speaking on Maintenance of the equipment for sustainability, Professor Bode hinted that LUTH, had a first class Bio-medical engineering center, as such, "the issue of broken down equipment, is a thing of the past; there will be a long term maintenance contract between the investors and LUTH for regular maintenance throughout the life span of the machines.
Also speaking on behalf of the Investors, the Healthcare Investment adviser, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Ms. Koinsola Oyetola, appreciated the Federal Government and the Federal Ministry of Health for the commitment towards rendering quality health care to Nigerians. She pledged continuous collaboration towards improving the lives of Nigerians through quality and affordable healthcare services.
The two machines: the Vital beam High energy and the Halcyon low energy machines were funded by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority at the cost of over 11million Dollars.
The Minister was presented with a souvenir in appreciation of his unflinching support to LUTH and contributions to the entire health sector.