The Rwanda government is determined to establish needed infrastructure and train specialists to achieve its target of reducing cancer mortality by 10 percent by 2021, a senior official has said.
Efforts are being put in training Rwandan doctors in oncology, Rwandan state minister for health Patrick Ndimubanzi said late Monday at Butaro Hospital cancer treatment center in northern Rwanda.
He was addressing delegates from the global cancer community, who were in Rwanda to attend a cancer conference, which opened Tuesday in the Rwandan capital Kigali.
Two Rwandans have been sent to Ghana to study medical physics to be able to run radiotherapy machines in Rwanda while others are studying in Tanzania and Kenya, Ndimubanzi said.
The minister highlighted the government’s undertakings geared to fighting cancer and non-communicable diseases, including decentralization of cancer and non-communicable diseases services, mass awareness campaigns on healthy life styles and offering high-risk groups free hepatitis B vaccination to prevent liver cancer.
Tharcisse Mpunga, director of Butaro Hospital cancer treatment center, stressed the need to step up radiotherapy and train Rwandan specialists to reduce the need to rely on expatriate doctors. Enditem