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Anambra to establish cancer treatment centre



AN ULTRA-MODERN chemotherapy centre will soon take off in Anambra State.

  Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpalla, dropped this hint in Awka on Tuesday.

Dr. Okpalla disclosed this development while defending the 2020 budget estimate of Ministry of Health before Anambra House of Assembly (ANHA) Committee on Health in Awka.

  According to him, the facility is coming as part of Gov. Willie Obiano’s legacy projects aimed not only at eradicating, but also nipping cancer related ailments in their bud anywhere they may be detected in the state.

  He further expressed confidence that with intervention funds from both federal government and donor agencies, secondary healthcare institutions in Onitsha, Enugwu-Ukwu and Ekwulobia will receive additional boost.

  Charging Ministry of Health to execute all the projects they captured in their 2020 budget estimate as his committee will embark on oversight visit to the project sites to see how funds approved for them was expended, while making a contribution at the public hearing, Chairman House Committee on Health, Dr. Carter Umeh noted that health is primary to wellbeing of the people.

  Similarly, Chairman of Anambra State Sports Development Commission, Tony Oli  stated that government plans to spend aboutN900 million on the development of community sports through establishment of facilities to enhance sporting events at the grassroots.

  Oli disclosed this at the State Assembly Complex, Awka, yesterday, shortly after the budget defence of the commission.

  According to him, there were two major capital projects in the commission’s 2020 budget, stressing that sports commission would embark on development of community-based sports arenas across the 187 communities in the state.

  Speaking further, Oli explained that the sports arenas would be school-based to encourage sporting activities in schools, adding that the second major project in the commission’s budget was project for construction of Awka Township Stadium which he said would be renamed and remodeled into a state-of-the-art Anambra Township Stadium to host major sporting events in the state.

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