The U.S. Consul General in Nigeria, Claire Pierangelo, has expressed optimism that the Marcelle Ruth Cancer Center and Specialist Hospital (MRCC), newly launched in Lagos, will make cancer treatment available locally, and significantly stem medical tourism for cancer care.
Speaking at the launch of MRCC, Pierangelo said the health facility will also reduce the heavy emotional and financial burden experienced by cancer patients and their loved ones.
She said the facility was equipped with cutting edge American medical diagnostic equipment developed and supplied by GE Healthcare and Varian, noting that the establishment of MRCC shows the strong collaboration between American and Nigerian private sectors to significantly improve public health in the country.
“We can only hope that more centres like the MRCC will emerge and that all stakeholders in the health system continue to take big strides towards defeating cancer. Varian, GE and other U.S. medical equipment suppliers are ready to be reliable partners in such effort,” Consul General Pierangelo said.
“It is heartwarming to know that Marcelle Ruth Cancer Center & Specialist Hospital is the first comprehensive healthcare centre in Nigeria and perhaps the whole of Africa, with the most advanced radiotherapy treatment. With these diagnosis and treatment capabilities now available in Nigeria at MRCC, Nigerians do not need to travel overseas again to seek medical solutions for any kind of cancer,” she added.
MRCC was founded by Dr Modupe Elebute Odunsi, and is reputed as Nigeria’s first comprehensive cancer treatment centre.
Present during the launch were the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Nigeria recorded nearly 125,000 new cases of cancer in 2020 and about 79,000 cancer-related deaths. This means that every hour, fourteen Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer and nine die as a result.
Although the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recommended that Nigeria should have about 150 working medical linear accelerators at the minimum, there are only between three to five machines currently working in the country.
Join the conversation
INVESTIGATION… Ten years after, communities count losses as AfDB, Cross River govt abandon road project
Ten years after the Cross River State government and African Development Bank (AFDB) jointly awarded the Yahe-Wanokom-Wanikade-Benue border road for...
INVESTIGATION….N.3bn down the drain: Why water projects for Enugu communities don’t work
In this concluding part, ARINZE CHIJIOKE talks about some of the projects that are serving the people and how various WASH programmes have failed to tackle...
INVESTIGATION…PARKVIEW ESTATE: Exclusive images of how billionaire property developer incurred Lagos govt‘s anger
Many have seen the demolished building, but not many know the circumstances that led to the teardown of the about...
INVESTIGATION… N.3bn down the drain, as Enugu communities suffer from dry taps
In November 2020, three organizations and the Enugu State government celebrated the completion of N300 million worth of projects that were expected...
INVESTIGATION… How herdsmen crisis compounds woes of already deprived Ogun communities
Earlier in January, the Nigerian media space was awash with reports of violence between herders and farmers across the country....