The Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole.

The United States Mission in Nigeria has begun a week-long training programme for 44 Nigerian clinical oncologists on the treatment of cancer.

Concise News gathered that Ms Malia Herous, Acting Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, declared the training open on Tuesday in Abuja.

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It was also learned that the Mission partnered with Project Pink Blue, a non-profit organisation, for the programme.

She said the training would be led by two American medical oncologists who would equip participants with oncology education, curriculum, infrastructure and cancer treatment.

“The training will be led by Dr Tracey O’Connor and Dr Mike Martin, both medical oncologists and associate professors at Rosswell Park Cancer Institute, U.S.A., and University of Tennessee, West Cancer Center, respectively,” Herous said.

“We saw the need to partner the Nigerian Government and Project Pink Blue to fight cancer as it has been recognised to be a critical health problem in Nigeria.

“More people are dying of preventable cancer deaths which can be avoided.

“That is why the U.S. Government thought it wise to undertake this cancer control effort to scale up survivorship of cancer in the country.”