President Muhammadu Buhari, according to Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, has promised to make funds available for the treatment of cancer patients in the country.
According to a statement issued by the Governor’s Media Adviser, Mr. Yahya Sarki, Bagudu dropped the hint during the Walk Away Cancer Awareness Campaign organized by his wife, Dr. Zainab Bagudu.
According to the governor, “for the first time in Nigerian history, Buhari pledged at the National Assembly to make funds for the treatment of the ailment available to patients in the country.”
“This is a happy story for all of us and all of the critical stakeholders who have worked tirelessly to combat the dreaded disease.”
It went on to say that under the presidential package, eligible indigent patients would be helped.
“Efforts are being made to eradicate the deadly disease from Nigeria, particularly since it has remained a formidable health challenge in the country.”
“However, in recent years, Nigeria and Kebbi State have made significant strides in eradicating the disease.”
And I am confident that with the current efforts, Nigeria will be in a very comfortable position,” it said.
It was stated that the governor lauded what he described as the impeccable, unassailable, and commendable pioneering works of Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, proprietor of Medicaid Cancer Foundation, which, according to him, has made a tangible impact in the state, Nigeria, Africa, and the world at large.
According to the statement, “she has mobilized various companies and organizations to come and be a part of the various cancer-related functions.”
She has garnered tremendous support in the state and nationally for the treatment of indigent cancer patients, particularly at the grassroots level.
“The costs of travel, screening, diagnosis and treatment are always on the high side and unaffordable to the throngs of impoverished patients.”