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Gov't signs US$14m contract for cancer treatment centres set up

Published:Wednesday | May 6, 2015 | 5:27 AM
Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.

The Government has signed a US$14.46 million contract to set up two cancer treatment centres.

One centre will be located at St Joseph's Hospital in St Andrew and the other at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.

The centres are to be established within the next 18 months.

Speaking at the signing ceremony yesterday, Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, said the centres will be equipped with advanced technology in the form of a Linear Accelerator machine.

Ferguson said these machines allow for the proper treatment of tumours in a faster and less harmful way.

He said the new technology, provided by Latin America Varian Medical Systems, will make a huge difference for cancer care, noting that 2010 statistics showed 3,196 persons died from cancer.