By Ruth Chayinda
Government says the procurement process for sending cancer patients to Tanzania under Government sponsorship for radiotherapy will be completed soon.
Health Minister SLYVIA MASEBO says the move will ensure patients that require radiotherapy treatment are attended to during the time that part of the Cancer Diseases Hospital will be under rehabilitation.
Ms. MASEBO told Parliament today that at the moment NO patient has been sent to Tanzania for treatment as the process is being worked out.
She said Government will cover the cost of transportation, accommodation, meals and treatment and is estimated at US$4,500 per patient, for the course of radiotherapy.
Ms. MASEBO said all patients selected to travel to Tanzania for medical treatment will go through an ad-hoc committee at the University Teaching Hospital for assessment and recommendation for referral to Tanzania in collaboration with the Cancer Diseases Hospital.
She said Ocean Road Cancer Institute has agreed to accommodate 40 patients from Zambia in addition to what they are treating already.
The Minister said the treatment takes six to seven weeks to complete which means patients will be evacuated every two months until the Cancer Diseases Hospital is up and running.
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