Nigerian cancer patients face several barriers in receiving adequate cancer care, one of which is the reasons for the very high cost of cancer treatment in Nigeria.
If more cancer patients’ treatments are subsidized and/or covered by health insurance, more people will have a better chance to fight and survive cancer.
It has been estimated that in 2012 over 100,000 Nigerians were diagnosed with cancer and 71,000 of those diagnosed died. This high death statistic has given rise to a cancer crisis in Nigeria, which is unacceptable and requires our urgent attention and action.
This petition to reach the highest level of government in the country for policy change, was created by Sebeccly Cancer Care. It is an appeal for the federal government to increase coverage and access to cancer care.
Dr Omolola Salako, a Clinical and Radiation Oncologist is the founder of Sebeccly Cancer Care (Sebeccly), a not-for-profit cancer care organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to women living with breast cancer. They provide cancer information services and supportive services to those affected by cancer, with the vision to reduce the cancer burden in Nigeria by advocating for improved conditions of care in our health institutions.
Sign the petition here.