A Nigerian Lawmaker and Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Health, Muhammed Usman has blamed the increasing rate of cancer in the country on poor funding of the health sector.
Usman said this while speaking at an event in commemoration of World Cancer Day on Tuesday in Abuja.
The lawmaker also slammed the response of the Federal Government in reported cases of cancer, which according to him falls below the baseline.
He however, revealed that the Senate is reviewing a bill for the establishment of a cancer control agency with a view to reducing the spread of the scourge in the country.
Also speaking at the event, Ramatu Hassan, National Coordinator, National Cancer Control Programme.
She condemned the growing rate of cancer in the country.
She said the Ministry of Health has put in place an awareness programme to detect early cancer symptoms in Nigerians.
This she insisted would help to curtail any form of cancer challenge in the country.
Also at the event was the Executive Director, Project Pink Blue, Runcie Chidebe who disclosed that the problem is not necessarily awareness but insufficient awareness on the part of the public.
He said the menace is growing to a higher density and needs government intervention to curtail the spread and manage the occurrences.
Cancer survivors who were present at the event were also inaugurated as champions to carry the message of advocacy and encourage the public to engage in constant check-up and cancer screening for early detection and prevention.