National Hospital Abuja said that it is set to offer quality cancer treatment at a subsidised rate of two thousand dollars to indigent Nigerians.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Jaf Momoh, made this known on Friday in Abuja at the launch of the second Linear Accelerator Radiotherapy machine (LINAC) at National Hospital, Abuja.
The machine was donated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo).
The device delivers high-energy x-ray or electrons to the patient’s tumour region.
Momoh, therefore, said that with the launch of the second LINAC, the hospital was poised toward the effective and efficient treatment of cancer.
He added that “instead of going to other countries to spend 10 thousand dollars, Nigerians will now spend less than two thousand dollars and we have provisions for indigent patients.
“The state-of-the-art equipment is the best you can find anywhere in the world in terms of speed, durability and ruggedness, and patients will no longer be interrupted during routine equipment maintenance.
“The first radiotherapy machine was inaugurated in 2000, where 850 patients were treated in 20 months with over 25,000 cycles of radiotherapy sessions.
“The difference with the one we use to have is that it takes about 15 minutes for each round of treatment, but with the two equipment, it will now take just two minutes for a round of treatment.”
The chief medical director explained that six cancer centres were now being upgraded in the country, including the National Hospital Abuja, adding that the hospital presently has two functional radiotherapy equipment.
He said that the centre would also screen patients who underwent treatment with the machine to know the state of their condition.
On maintenance, he said that the hospital has an agreement with the manufacturers of the machine for routine maintenance by engineers.
He advised Nigerians to modify their lifestyles to prevent the ailment, noting that treatment was not enough.