The Imo House of Assembly on Thursday passed a bill for the establishment of a cancer centre in the state.
The bill, which was co-sponsored by 15 members of the house, was presented by Mr Uju Onwudiwe, representing Njaba State Constituency.
Onwudiwe said that the bill would create the enabling environment for the setting up of counseling, screening and diagnostic centres in the state.
According to him, the centre, when established, will help patients to have easy access to cancer facility in the state.
He said that the centre would also help to provide other ancillary services, including information, education and enlightenment on preventive measures.
The lawmaker also said that the bill would further help to build the competence of health institutions in the state for the management of cancer.
He further said that the centre would conduct research into various types of cancer, using ultramodern equipment, with the aim of finding solutions and enhancing the quality of life of patients.
Onwudiwe said that the centre would promote the sharing of professional ideas, information and experience with national and international organizations through seminars, workshops, conferences, publications and scientific reports.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bill, entitled “A bill for a law to make provisions for the establishment of Imo State Cancer Centre and other related matters,” was considered and passed by a committee of the whole house, presided over by the Speaker, Chief Acho Ihim.