17 July 2021 By Victoria ABAH
The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, NIPC, has called for more support from Government at all levels to invest in the health sector, especially in Cancer Centres.
Executive Secretary, NIPC, Ms Yewande Sadiku who made this known while on a visit to a Cancer Centre in Lagos, described the impact to be beyond financial value of the investment in the country.
According to her, there was a big gap in the incentives that exist in Nigeria for the healthcare sector, therefore, the NIPC would continue to provide the needed support for both public and private partnership to thrive.
“For me, it is the improvement in the quality of life of Nigerians that would be treated in this facility,” she said. “It is the value of receiving the best quality care, the type that you can get anywhere in the world, but close to home, family and familiar comforts which experts tell us should greatly aid healing.”
Dr Modupe Elebute-Odunsi, Co-Founder, of the Cancer Centre explained that since inception of the facility about 7 months ago, they have received about 500 patients already.
“Clearly for a majority of these patients, they would not ordinarily have been able to access the comprehensive diagnostics and treatment options for the cancers that they have,” she said.
Dr Elebute-Odunsi had in May this year stated that the facility is more than a cancer centre.
“We also provide what we call Concierge Healthcare; a complete wellness check that is carried out in under 3 hours at our Hospital due to the proximity of the 3 buildings that our facility occupy,” she said.