Cancer patients most hit by COVID-19, gov’s wife laments

The wife of the Kebbi State Governor, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, has identified cancer patients as people most hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The medical doctor, who is the founder of Medicaid Cancer Foundation, said this at a webinar tagged, “The state of cancer control amidst COVID-19” organised for African Cancer CEO’S Forum by the Ministry of Health.

According to a report of the panel discussion made available to our correspondent on Tuesday, Shinkafi-Bagudu noted that before the pandemic, most cancer patients travelled to access health care.

She noted that the pandemic has worsened the situation for the patients leading to increased morbidity and mortality on the continent.

She said, “COVID-19 has taken a heavier toll on breast, cervical and prostate cancer patients.

“Before now, patients had to travel a distance to access health care; the pandemic has exacerbated the challenges. The health systems on the continent are not responding appropriately.

“Anecdotal evidence and epidemiological data are testaments to the increasing prevalence of cancer on the continent and we are witnessing increased morbi