Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has opened a cancer centre for his late mother, Madam Goldcoast Dickson at his country home, Toro-Orua town in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
Dickson, during the official launching of the centre, attended by former Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Minister designate, Dr Chris Ngige and other top government functionaries in Bayelsa and in the country, said the centre would carter for the needs of cancer patients in the country.
The centre is known as Goldcoast Dickson Memorial Cancer Centre.
He said the centre was named after his late mother to create awareness about cancer and the treatment as many people in the region have the ailment but were not aware of it.
“Early detection is a priority for the cancer centre, which will make it possible for more people to survive it and reduce the rate of death in Niger Delta.
“This centre is also aimed at embarking on research programmes for cancer, screening, ultra sound room and consulting rooms, a linear accelerator, and to provide cancer diagnosis, counselling and treatment.
“Niger Delta region lacks the health facilities and institutions to address life threatening diseases such as cancer and the rest, that is why the centre is in place to address these issues and reduce the high rate of infant and maternal mortality,” he said.
Dickson said that the centre would strive to enhance access to affordable world world-class care and early detection of cancer patients, counselling and treatment at the Goldcoast Dickson Memorial Cancer Centre for the people of the country.
Responding, Ngige promised that the Federal Government would support the centre to succeed, adding that such a centre was what Nigeria needed presently.
He said the Federal Government was always doing its best to ameliorate the suffering of the people in fighting the disease.