3rd CEAFON Summit: Minister of Health Commends Dr Zainab Bagudu Medicaid Cancer Foundation Program
The Cancer Eradication and Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria, CEAFON held its third summit with the theme ‘Funding Cancer Care in Nigeria’ from 3-4 October 2017. The keynote speaker, Dr Olumide Okunola a senior health specialist with World Bank proffered various solutions to meeting the financial burden of cancer care. One of which was the establishment of a Catastrophe fund because according to him, even if the 1% of consolidated revenue allocated to the health sector was actualized, it would only cover primary care and not more complex conditions like Cancer.
President of CEAFON Prof Francais Durosimi Etti one of Nigeria’s leading oncologists said the annual gathering of stakeholders has produced important advances in cancer care. Most noteworthy is the reduction of the cost of Chemotherapy by 50%.
The wife of the Vice President and Special Guest of Honour, H.E. Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo thanked the coalition and assured them of her continued support. The Honourable Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole said many low hanging fruits particularly in the area of awareness has been gained. He also disclosed that 9 new linear accelerator radiotherapy machines have been obtained via a financial deal with the Sovereign Wealth Fund. He lauded the program of NGOs such as the Medicaid Cancer Foundation and recognized the founder Dr Zainab Bagudu who was also present at the summit.