The House of Reps has urged the Federal Ministry of Health; to produce a policy in place to provide free medical treatment for children suffering from cancer.
The free treatment is to be available in all federal medical hospitals with; the Ministry of Health collaborating with States Ministries of Health and other relevant stakeholders; to embark on nationwide sensitization campaign on preventive measures against childhood cancer
The House of Reps reached this resolution on Tuesday, December 10; following the consideration of a motion moved by Abdulganiyu Cook Olodo.
Olodo in his notion argued that children are vulnerable to cancer.
He stated that “children are very significant in every society as they are nurtured; and trained to replace the adults as leaders of tomorrow and drivers of societal life.”
“Children are highly vulnerable since they depend on adults for their upkeep and general wellbeing; and being victims of dangerous medical conditions increases their vulnerability; in view of high mortality rate that follows due to poor medical care.
“The burden of childhood cancer as a growing public health challenge is increasingly being recognized worldwide, including Nigeria; considering its devastating consequences as it is often detected too late; for effective treatment or the appropriate treatment is either not available or affordable.”
He added that “cancer disease kills children very fast; usually within six months to one year, thereby affecting not only the children but also their families who have to abandon everything to care for their ailing children.”
The House Committee on Health has been mandated to ensure compliance.
Meanwhile, the House of Reps has resolved to investigate R-Jolad Hospital for the circumstances surrounding the death of Moradeun Balogun.
The late Miss Balogun died from a knife wound sustained from a robbery attack; but was allegedly rejected by the hospital.
Indeed, the House of Reps made this resolve following a motion of urgent public importance moved by Wale Raji.
Raji, in his motion, gave an account of the circumstances that led to the death of the lady. Further, he stated that the hospital declined to give the late Balogun medical attention.