Health Care Delivery In Nigeria Is Very Poor- Lawal
Founder of Atinuke Cancer Foundation, ‘Let’s kill it’, Mrs Atinuke Sanusi Lawal said recently that the Nigeria health care delivery is still very poor in comparison to other countries of the world.
Lawal made this statement at the End of Year party for cancer patients and their care givers organised by Let’s Kill It, a cancer foundation tagged “Hope For Cancer”
“I need the government to do something about our health sector. It is very poor. I never knew i was going to stay in Nigeria for my treatment, but somehow i got stuck in Nigeria. I could not get a visa that was how I ended up doing my treatment here. It opened my eyes to all the ills in the health sector.”
Lawal, who is also a survivor of breast cancer, further emphasized that the government needs to get fully involved in improving the health sector of the country.
“The government need to support the health sector. We cannot do it alone. We cannot just be creating awareness, we also need to do something about the issue at hand. If the health sector is not improved, not only cancer, the country would be in so much trouble”
Speaking on what inspired her to start a foundation she said,”This foundation started last year. It is exactly a year after my treatment. I am a survivor. I decided to give back to God in my own little way, but in so doing, I found out that it was more of a foundation than just giving out. When I finished my treatment i started blogging, I went online and told everybody what had happened to me and before I knew it, many volunteers came on board”.
She also stated that Nigerians live in denial and are scared to get tested.
“Everybody should get themselves checked. Cancer is a not a respecter of anyone. Everyone has cancer cells in them, but when you get tested you can know what is happening to yourself and arrest it immediately”.
She mentioned that there was hope for cancer patients if discovered and treated early.
“Early detection is the only key to cancer survival. Medical doctors have assured us that there is hope for cancer patients, if cancer is detected early enough.”
Meanwhile, five recipients went home with N100,000 each, while another five went home with food stuffs.
Prior to the party , two days were outlined for gym and exercise. A five kilometer walk with celebrities at the Ogudu/Ojota road was for awareness on Day one, while the third day was scheduled for aerobics fitness session on the island at I-Fitness gym, Eleganza Plaza, Opposite Victoria Garden City, (VGC) Ikota, Lekki, Lagos.
The event was sponsored by Bet9ja, Dressence, Fly for Value, Domino’s pizza, Jobelyn,i-fitness, Best Value foods, Fan milk and Healthline.