Federal Government teams up with international agencies to deliver free cancer care at UNTH Enugu and five other specialist hospitals in Nigeria. UNTH is the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital located at Ituku-Ozala in Enugu State.
Indigent cancer patients are to receive funding and health care services under the programme initiative.
However, only indigent patients with cancer of the breast, uterine cervix and prostrate are the target beneficiaries under the programme for now.
Known as the Cancer Health Fund (CHF) Initiative, the programme is a partnership between Nigeria and some international agencies.
Among the foreign partners are American Cancer society, ROCHE, PFIZER, MYLAN, Clinton Health Access Initiative, WWCV, BICON and EMGE resources.
Already, programme officers have commenced registration for those who want assistance under the initiative, a statement from the CHF said.
CHF therefore encouraged cancer patients struggling to pay for their healthcare to take advantage of the programme to register online for the free caner care at UNTH and five other hospitals in Nigeria
“A set of indigent patients’ selection criteria will be applied to screen and select beneficiaries,” said Dr Uche Nwokwu who signed the statement.
Enugu is the designated centre for the programme in the Southeast, according to the statement.
Similarly, hospitals selected to implement the programme in the other five zones of the country are as follows:
- National Hospital, Abuja
- University College of Health (UCH) Ibadan
- Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Zaria
- Federal Teaching Hospital (FTH) Gombe
- University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin
The Federal Ministry of Health announced in 2021 that the CHF program will commence in six pilot hospitals.