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500 ZAMBIAN CANCER PATIENTS TO BE REFERRED TO TANZANIA FOR TREATMENT

ABOUT 500 individuals on Cancer treatment in the country needing Radiotherapy are set to undergo through an Ad-hoc Committee at the University Teaching Hospital-UTH, for assessment and recommendation for referral to Tanzania.

Cancer Diseases Hospital-CDH Public Relations Officer, Mwiza Mwiya, says the patients will be sent to Tanzania in a bunch of 40 at an interval accompanied by Nurses.

Mwiya notes that the diagnostic and treatment machines at the hospital are currently nonfunctional with no spare parts on the market, hence Government negotiating with Tanzania to assist in the treatment of the patients.

She states that as announced earlier by Government, the amount will also cover for transport, food and accommodation.

Meanwhile, Mwiya says rehabilitation works and re-equipping of CDH in Lusaka are scheduled to commence by the first quarter of 2024, with Government having already allocated funds and identified a Contractor for the project.

She states that the procurement processes for requirements in the project are near completion, with the scope of work to involve removing outdated equipment and radiation sources and transporting them back to manufacturers.

Mwiya adds that other undertakings will include rehabilitation and reconstruction of the buildings that house the Diagnostic Imaging and Radiation Equipment, as well as installation of new machines therein.

She says the rehabilitation process will take a minimum of twelve months to be completed and upon conclusion, it is expected that CDH will become a Regional Centre of Excellence for diagnosis and treatment of Cancer.

Mwiya clarifies that as the rehabilitation and re-equipping process will be going on, the hospital will continue providing other services such as Chemotherapy, Nuclear Medicines Therapy, Surgery, Palliative Care as well as In and Outpatient Services.

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