Speaking on the nutrition perspective a cancer survivor and a medical consultant Dr. Ezeirim .C. recounted her ordeals while stating that fresh fruits and vegetables play a great role in the survival and management of cancer. Patients were encouraged to ensure a healthy intake of carrots, cucumbers, bananas, avocados, tomatoes etc and possibly grow them in their farms to ensure their availability at all time.
Recounting some of the hospital’s interventions as regard alleviating the sufferings encountered by cancer patients, Prof. N. O. Ekeke, Head of Urology Unit, noted that Cancer drugs are subsidized for patients in UPTH for the overall good of the patients.
In his words, “We have included Childhood Cancer drugs, they were not there in the past but they are available now”, talking from the National perspective.
Cancer drugs are subsidized for patients.
This is made possible because UPTH is included in the Cancer Health Fund- this is a fund for indigent patients. It will take care of diagnosis and treatment of indigent patients. Prof. Ekeke also disclosed that the urology division now offer curative treatment for early detected prostrate cancer. Staff have been trained in ChemoSafe Practices’.