Investigations have revealed that public hospitals are battling with obsolete equipment in some hospitals while some medical facilities have none, as patients with cancer and terminal ailments are being subjected to needless wait before treatment could get to them.

The President, Nigerian Medical Association NMA Francis Faduyile who confirmed the dearth of vital equipment, said Nigeria’s public hospitals had just eight radiotherapy centres, where cancer treatment could be done, but only four of them were functioning.

The NMA President said it is obvious that anybody who has cancer in Nigeria currently is doomed to die because some of them have to go to Ghana, some to India, but those who cannot afford to travel abroad will have a long wait and by the time it is their turn, it must have gone beyond redemption, most of them die miserable deaths.

Faduyile said radiotherapy service shortage had increased morbidity and mortality and hiked medical tourism.