One of the main hindrances to the delivery of improved care for Nigerian and indeed sub-Saharan cancer patients is poor and inaccurate data. Based on this fact, the Medicaid Cancer Foundation, one of the leading non-governmental organizations involved in cancer advocacy in Nigeria initiated a series of programs aimed at improving the quality of data on cancer in the region. A communique, released at the end of its summit held in Birnin Kebbi last year advised the setting up of a cancer registry in the state. Thus, in partnership with the Institute of Human Virology (IHVN), the Kebbi State Ministry of Health; the foundation which was started by the Kebbi State First Lady Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu this week organized a capacity building training for cancer registration and data compilation in Kebbi State. Dr Bagudu has also been shortlisted for a director’s seat on the board of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), a seat that will further improve delivery of treatment solutions to African grassroots. Speaking to our correspondent, the CCO of Medicaid Cancer Foundation, Dr Suraiya Mansur said the training last week is a fulfilment of the objectives of the summit held last year on accurate data on cancer in Nigeria. She further stated that Cancer data entry errors can be as a result of human error, provoked by issues such as misinterpretation of the information, redundancies or inefficient software. These failures could result in a delayed or even missed diagnosis, inaccurate treatment and possibly risking patient safety.
In all, 13 participants were trained by IHVN’s master trainer Dr Michael Odutola and Dr Ramatu Hassan, the immediate past National cancer control officer. The Kebbi State Cancer control officer, Dr Jamilu Muhammad said officers were trained to use the software called CANREG which is used nationwide to capture, collate and code cancer cases to avoid duplication.