Zimbabwe gets first one stop cancer facility

A 10 million dollars cancer treatment facility has been opened in the capital of Zimbabwe, Harare as the country seeks to fight the killer disease affecting thousands of Zimbabweans reports News Day.

The Oncocare Cancer Treatment Centre is
equipped to detect cancer, facilitate
chemotherapy, radiation treatment and a
specialised cancer retail pharmacy. In addition it has a highly experienced team of medical specialists, which included oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists, physicians, biomedical engineers and experts in oncology pharmaceuticals.

“The new facility has the ability to offer unique, state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary oncology treatment in a more comfortable and convenient setting so as to deliver personalised cancer therapies.” Oncocare chief executive officer Ben Deda said.

Dead added that the facility provides renewed hope to the more than 7 000 patients in Zimbabwe diagnosed with cancer annually.

This new clinic will enable Zimbabweans to access medical attention at an affordable price instead of flying out to countries such as India and South Africa for treatment.

At least, an estimated 1200 people in the country die annually of cancer since they can’t afford the treatment since the costs from examination, diagnosis, lumpectomy, surgery to chemotherapy/radiotherapy runs into thousands of dollars.

“The disease burden in Zimbabwe is overweighed by the high prevalence of HIV at 15% in the adult population. This has led to a big strain on the national healthcare budget. Gone are the days when people had to travel out of the country for treatment, we are here to serve them,” Deda said.

According to the government of Zimbabwe,
cancer is becoming more threatening than HIV/AIDs. In 2011, recorded cases were 5 553, while in 2012 cases stood at 6 107 before escalating to 6 548 in 2013.

The clinic will supplement services offered by the Government at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare and Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo according to The Herald.

“Generally, people think that once diagnosed with cancer, it is a death sentence. It’s not a death sentence. We want to improve on early screening
and early protection and although it is privately owned, this facility will cater for both public and private patients,” said Mr Deda.

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