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US$5.5m identified for cancer treatment machines purchase

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2013 | 5:20 PM

Just over $5.5 million has been identified for the purchase of two life-saving machines which are used for cancer treatment.



William 'Billy' Heaven, chairman of the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, told the parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee today that funding is already in place for the purchase of one of the linear accelerators.



He said one is to be placed in Montego Bay and the other in Kingston.



These machines are expected to reduce the cost of cancer treatment in Jamaica.



Heaven says the CHASE Fund has committed US$2 million to the project and the remainder will come from the National Health Fund.



There is currently only one linear accelerator in Jamaica, and it is owned by a private sector entity.



In June, Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson told the parliament that the government was moving to procure two linear accelerator machines for radiation treatment.



And committee chairman Edmund Bartlett noted that the procurement of the cancer treatment machines was very critical to bringing better health care to Jamaicans.



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