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State-of-the-art cancer treatment machines coming

Published: Wednesday June 26, 2013 | 9:57 am Comments 0
Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson - File
Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson - File

Cancer patients are set to benefit from increased treatment options in the public health service.

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson has disclosed that the government has secured funding to procure advanced cancer treatment technology in the form of linear accelerator machines.

These state-of-the-art medical equipment are used for radiotherapy treatment.

Ferguson said one machine will be placed at a medical facility in Kingston and the other in Montego Bay, St James.

The health minister said International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded an assessment and formulation of a cancer control plan for Jamaica.

He said a report should be completed shortly.

Ferguson said the agency will also help to reintroduce nuclear medicine technology that will improve Jamaica’s capacity for diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The Ministry of Health has listed cancer care as a top priority.

The health minister pointed out that non-communicable diseases account for more than 56 per cent of deaths in Jamaica, of which cancer represents 20 per cent.

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