renal machine.jpgLack of adequate and efficient machinery to treat cancer at its early stages has led to the increased number of patients who succumb to the disease before they are diagnosed, health experts have said.

In the past few years, the country has witnessed a steady increase in the number of people who are dying of cancer, a development that has created fears that current technology is being overtaken by changing trends presented by the disease.

Speaking on the sidelines of the annual Medical Research Day prize giving ceremony held in Harare, Dr Ntokozo Ndlovu, a Radiation Oncologist with the University of Zimbabwe, said more people are dying of the disease due to lack of adequate resources to provide optimal treatment during the early stages of the disease.

“There is a challenge of late presentation, whereby people stay with cancer before they seek help. They are treated of other diseases before they are diagnosed of the disease,” Dr Ndlovu said.

Some stakeholders said lack of adequate funding for some research programmes has resulted in developed nations providing grants for research programmes to be conducted in Africa at the expense of participants who are used as guinea pigs.

They said two thirds of AIDS research grants are coming from outside the country.

However, despite the resource constraints, the country continues to boast of people who are motivated by the desire to have meaningful researches as evidenced by eight winners who were honoured at the Annual Medical Awards Ceremony held in the capital.