Government has acquired modern equipment used for cancer detection and treatment for Parirenyatwa and Mpilo Hospitals at a cost of US$89 million.
Health and Child Welfare Deputy Minister, Dr Douglas Mombeshora said the 2 Linear Accelerators and 2 Simulators will bring relief to cancer patients who have been struggling to access radiotherapy equipment.
â€œThe burden of cancer will continue to grow since some cancers are HIV related like Kaposi Sarcoma, and projections are that some people who are HIV positive will eventually develop cancer and will be in need of radiotherapy treatment.
Installation of part of the new equipment has started at the Radiotherapy Centre at Parirenyatwa Hospital. Computers that are used by radiographers have also been installed. The Cancer Registry of Zimbabwe records about 7000 new cancer patients every year.