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Lagos acquires N365m mobile clinic for cancer treatment

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Lagos acquires N365m mobile clinic for cancer treatment

 

Lagos State Government yesterday handed over a Mobile Cancer Centre to diagnose residents afflicted by cancer-related diseases as well as increase advocacy to prevent the spread of the scourge.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who spoke while handing over the facility to representatives of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), a non-governmental organisation in the forefront of cancer awareness, at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, said it was in fulfillment of a promise he made in June 2016 to join the fight against cancer.
He said the Mobile Clinic, the first of its kind in Africa, procured at a cost of N365million was a confirmation of the commitment of his administration to improve on the healthcare system and also give hope to residents who may not have the wherewithal to go for diagnosis and treatment.
He said: “I want to thank the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP). Sometime in June 2016, they did ask me to support issues that relate to cancer, but we decided that we are going to procure this Mobile Cancer Centre.
“What we have that we are donating today to this Committee is a Mobile Clinic that deals with issues that relate to advocacy and treatment of cancer patients because we do not have the financial resources to have Cancer centres placed in all locations in Lagos we decided to go for this Mobile Cancer centre.
It’s costing us N365million approximately $1million. What this does is that we can reach out to every community and every cancer patient; we can give hope back to those who are hopeless.
“On a day like this, we extend the commitment of the state government to the people of Lagos to improve on our health system and also help those that never imagined that there would be hope for them because they have been afflicted with cancer and any other aliment that relates to cancer.”
Meanwhile, Governor Ambode has urged residents to register for the National Identity Card scheme being administered by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), saying its compliance would enhance proper planning and facilitate national development.
He said: “I have just finished registering myself as a very proud Nigerian; I am very proud to hold this identity card and I also urge all Lagosians to do the same. We are proudly Lagosians and we are very proud Nigerians.
“So, I urge every Lagosian to come out and get their national identity cards. It is in our best interest and it is also good for data planning and financial planning for all the things that we are trying to deliver to our people. So, I urge everyone to come out and register.”

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