Nigeria needs to provide universal access to palliative care, said Israel Kolawole, Chairman of the Kwara State zone of Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Nigeria.
Palliative care is the care of patients with active, progressives, far-advanced disease with a limited life expectancy. It is a vital component of the basic essential services within the universal health coverage as defined by the World Health Organisation, (WHO). Only six tertiary hospitals have the services at present in Nigeria.
Barriers to accessing palliative care must be removed in Nigerian health sector as it had been done in some countries of the world. About 1.7 Nigerians are at present in need of palliative care.