WARRI-Professor.Godwin O, Avwioro has called on the Federal Government to formulate a national policy to vaccinate female children below the age of twelve years to prevent cervical cancer in women to prevent cancer among women.
Prof. Avwioro made the call during a lecture, delivered at the 19th Annual National Conference& AGM organized by the National Body of the Guild of Medical Laboratory Directors, GMLD which held at the PTI Confere Centre, Effurun in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
“First is to have it as National Policy where all children below the age of 12 are vaccinated against human papilloma virus.”
Prof. Avwioro from Delta State University, Abraka noted that the vaccine is expensive but expressed the belief that same can be subsidized so as to reduce and eradicate cancer of the cervix
from the society.
He stated that the causes of cancer includes Physical, chemical and biological stressing that several chemicals which previously were not known to be carcinogens are now thought to causing cancer.
He also opined that the hospitals in Nigeria are well funded to tackle cancer and other diseases noted that the major problem in the country is management.
According to him, “The Chief Medical Directors who are heads of these hospitals are not well positioned. I do not want to use the word that they are poor managers. But essentially,they are not well positioned in running the teaching and specialists hospitals and indeed all other hospitals. And there are many reasons for this.
“The Management of the hospitals do not understand priorities. They need to priorities all the activities in the hospitals in other to achieve maximum health care delivery.”