Cancer, Malaria Screening Tops HealthWellness Summit


Cancer and malaria screening dominated a threeday summit on Health and Wellness organised by health professionals in Port Harcourt.
Brand Manager of Miral Pharmacy, one of the firms that exhibited some of its products at the summit said that cancer cases are rising, as it accounts for seven percent of ailments in the country now. Fagbaye also disclosed that recent statistics indicate that hypertension accounts for 37 per cent of ailments in the country, while diabetes is four per cent.
The health care representative said statistics are from the World Health Organisation report, but argued that the figures may be higher than that due to poor record keeping in Nigerias. In his submission, Anthony Maducke, a laboratory imaging expert told The Tide that most of the challenges faced in the health sector are as a result of quacks.
Madueke maintained that in diagnosing medicine, Nigeria is lagging behind due to poor technology and up to date knowledge, explaining that most diseases need to be detected early to be treated.
The imaging expert noted that cancer is one ailment that needs to be detected early as cases are rising in the country as a result of modern life and environmental changes.
Meanwhile, a patent medicine dealer, Mr Emmanuel Nwankwo has blamed poor funding in the medical sector as a major challenge to health care delivery.
Mr Nwankwo also called for training and re-training of health care personnel to empower them with modern technicques and knowledge in tackling diseases such as cancer and other complex ailments.