Mpilo radiotherapy centre has screened 60 cancer patients since opening its doors to the public five days ago.

In her presentation at the proceedings of the commissioning of the radiotherapy and nuclear centre in Bulawayo, chief radio onthologist at the hospital Dr Tatenda Chingodzo appealed to government to subsidize drugs and treatment for cancer patients in the country to be accessible to all.

Chief nuclear physician at the institution Dr Xolani Ndlovu says government should ease the procurement of cancer drugs by reducing import red tape currently being experienced.

Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa will commission the center.

Dr Parirenyatwa urged Mpilo chief executive officer to consider the poor in their operations.

A single cancer patient requires at least US$6 000 to undergo chemotherapy annually.