OrderPaperToday – The Minister for Health, Osagie Ehanire. has described as unnecessary the move to establish a cancer Registry in the country.
Speaking during a public hearing by the House committee on healthcare services during the week, Ehanire argued that there was no need for the proposed registry since there are tertiary health institutions and the Nigeria Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) already in place.
The minister further argued that the effort will be a waste of resource and deepen the rivalry currently in existence among agencies in the health sector.
According to him: “The Nigeria Institute for Medical Research based in Yaba also have a similar mandate by its enabling Act therefore the establishment of another agency of government to carry out cancer registration shall be tantamount to duplication of duties.
“And it will also lead to unnecessary waste of government resources. Cancer registrars are integral units of tertiary hospitals. Presently there are 33 cancer registry in Nigeria located in tertiary hospitals across the country.”
The Minister, however, declared support for the proposed blood services commission.
On the bill to amend the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) ACT of 1992, the minister said:
“I am particularly delighted about today’s event as it marks a big stride towards strengthening the roles and responsibilities of the agency to provide technical and programmatic support to States and LGAs on the development of primary health care in Nigeria which will ultimately improve the overall health outcomes in the country and accelerate our journey towards achieving universal health coverage.
“This transformation has expanded the roles and responsibilities of public health agencies globally beyond direct service delivery to programme management, quality control and standards, performance monitoring and enforcement.