Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
No fewer than 30 medical personnel are to be trained by a team of seasoned German Oncologists on early cancer detection and awareness at Primary Health Centres in Osun State.
The German Oncologists from the Institute for Operative Medicine of the Otto-yon Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany, arrived Osun for a three-day visit to prepare ground for the training.
The state government had written the institute requesting for the services and assistance of its medical experts on Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s resolve to tackle headlong health challenges posed by cancer related diseases, and as well render services on general surgery operation in the state.
Led by a Professor of Surgery, Professor Hans Lippert, the Oncologists are to train 10 medical personnel at the PHCs in each of the senatorial districts in the state on early cancer detection, awareness and management.
Speaking with newsmen at the General Hospital, Iwo, Lippert said his team was ready to share their experience on cancer with medical personnel at the PHCs in the state on early detection of the disease, saying that Aregbesola has shown convincing commitment to promoting healthy living in the state.
Lippert who led other Oncologists stated that they were providing the service on cancer preventing awareness, evaluation of all general surgery operation and primary medical care in the state at 80 per cent rebate.
In his remarks, Senior Special Assistance to Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Electronic Broadcast, Engineer Remi Omowaiye, said the service of the German Oncologists was sought by Aregbesola who wants to tackle cancer headlong in the state.
According to Omowaiye, early detection was key to ridding off the disease from the society, stating that cancer is the third cause of death in Nigeria.
Omowaiye added that the oncologists would obtain data about the cancer disease in the state and take a look at the facilities available at the PHCs in the state.