Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, the Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, says cancer remains one of the three major causes of morbidity and deaths in the hospital in the last three years.
Otegbayo said this during the opening ceremony of a three-day workshop organised by the Pharmacy Department of the hospital.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop entitled, ‘Pharmaceutical Care in Oncology Practice, ’ was to create more awareness on cancer and find ways to address its challenges.
The CMD, who was represented by the chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Dr Victor Akinmoladun, said that the other two top causes of morbidity were infectious and cardiovascular related, particularly HIV/AIDS and stroke.
According to him, late presentation of patients with cancer to a tertiary hospital contributes to the recorded cancer morbidity and mortality.
“Cancer care is multidisciplinary and pharmaceutical oncology is one of the most critical aspects.
“It involves diagnosis and therapy; the hospital management is in full support of this workshop.
“It is very relevant in helping us address some of the challenges of cancer care in the hospital.
In her remarks, the Vice Chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Prof. Chinyere Babalola, called for increased funding for cancer research in the country. (NAN)