It was an eventful Saturday on the 9th of February this year when the president; Muhammadu Buhari paid the Lagos University Teaching Hospital a visit for the unveiling of its world class cancer treatment centre. There were a good number of other government officials present at the launch including the governor of Lagos State(Akinwunmi Ambode).
The president, Muhammadu Buhari was supposedly in Lagos state for his campaign towards the presidential elections which was scheduled for the 23rd of February 2019 before its postponement. He therefore seized to opportunity to make a stop at the Lagos University Teaching hospital to grace the occasion with his presence.
It took about a year for the full construction of this state- of -the- art facility. The centre is furnished with outstanding treatment modality plans including radiotherapy, chemotherapy, brachytherapy and surgery most especially suited for late cancer presentation. It is said to be capable of accommodating about 100 patients daily and can also provide training for over 80 health care professionals.
A south African from Health Share is expected to properly manage the facility and train the Nigerian staff, equipping them with the knowledge required to provide excellent services.
The Centre previously had a single radiotherapy machine which catered to the needs of many cancer patients. There were however countless occasions when the machine was said to have broken down and left most of the cancer patients scheduled for radiotherapy helpless.
Thankfully, three new machines have been added to the already existing one. These additions to the centre are sure to alleviate the cancer burden in the country and ensure optimal management of the oncology patients.
The good news is that even the paediatric oncology patients would not be left out in the these good tidings. The paediatric Oncology and Hematology department is expected to work closely with the Radiotherapy department in order to benefit from the treatment modalities the centre has to offer.
Although the centre has been commissioned( which seems to have been more of a political move) it is not yet fully operational. The machines have to be properly inspected and installed before they can be out into good use. The health care professionals also have to undergo rigorous training which would be essential to help them function excellently at the centre. These could take several months to accomplish, however we do hope that the centre comes alive in the shortest possible time for the benefit of its patients.