In the effort to improve quality of cancer data in the country, the Medicaid Cancer Foundation, one of the leading non governmental organisations involved in cancer advocacy in Nigeria has initiated a series of programmes aimed at improving the quality of data on cancer in the country.
A communiqué, released at the end of its summit held in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State last year advised the setting up of a cancer registry in the state.
Thus, in partnership with the Institute of Human Virology (IHVN) and the Kebbi State Ministry of Health, the foundation, which was started by the Kebbi State First Lady, Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, this week organised a capacity building training for cancer registration and data compilation in Kebbi State.
Dr Bagudu has also been shortlisted for a director’s seat on the board of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), a seat that will further improve delivery of treatment solutions to African grassroots.
Speaking to our correspondent, the CCO of Medicaid Cancer Foundation, Dr Suraiya Mansur said the training last week is a fulfillment of the objectives of the summit held last year on accurate data on cancer in Nigeria.
She further stated that cancer data entry errors could be as a result of human error, provoked by issues such as misinterpretation of the information, redundancies or inefficient software.
These failures could result in a delayed or even missed diagnosis, inaccurate treatment and possibly risking patient safety.
In all, 13 participants were trained by IHVN’s master trainer, Dr Michael Odutola and Dr Ramatu Hassan, the immediate past national cancer control officer.
The Kebbi State cancer control officer, Dr Jamilu Muhammad said officers were trained to use the software called CANREG which is used nationwide to capture, collate and code cancer cases to avoid duplication.
She thanked the Kebbi State Saving One Million lives programme for donating the computers and other machines required to set up the registry.
A second summit organised by Medicaid Cancer Foundation in collaboration with the CONCORD study from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene comes up in Abuja later this year with sponsorship from the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NISA).
In March this year, there was a significant step towards taming the disturbing drain on Nigeria’s foreign reserve through medical tourism, the NSIA announced that it is committing the sum of $20million of its capital to build and run cancer and diagnostic centres in three healthcare institutions. The investment authority will do this through its wholly owned Healthcare Development and Investment Company (“NHDIC”) in three of Nigeria’s federal healthcare institutions including, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), and the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia (FMCU).
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