Government has availed US$10 million for the procurement of cancer treatment equipment for two government hospitals.
Parirenyatwa Central Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Mr Thomas Zigora hailed the intervention which he said has come at the right time as the only cancer treatment machine at the institution is no longer functioning.
Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe, who is battling breast cancer, said it is unfortunate that the country does not have adequate cancer treatment and detection equipment, leaving many people with no option but to seek medical services outside the country.
Ms Khupe, who is working towards establishing a cancer foundation, said the idea of introducing a cancer levy must be taken seriously if the country is to win the war against the disease.
Former Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare, who is also one of the Parirenyatwa Cancer Centre Coordinators, Dr Edwin Muguti said the levy will not only support the poor but even well to do members of society who are also battling to pay for cancer treatment which is expensive.
Besides Parirenyatwa, Mpilo Central Hospital is the other centre which offers cancer treatment services but the equipment there has not been functional for some time now.