Zim’s New Cancer Treatment Guidelines To Be Published This Year

ZIMBABWE’S Health and Child Care Ministry is closeto completing latest national cancer treatment (oncology) guidelines at primary care levels with publishing expected this year. By Kudakwashe Pembere In an interview with University of Zimbabwe head of radiotherapy and oncology Dr Ntokozo Ndlovu involved in the review of the guidelines last done in 1992, she said work started and is expected to be completed this year. In terms of where we are in the stage of development in this stage of guidelines, we are almost there. Most of the chapters have…

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One Radiotherapy Machine For Zim

ZIMBABWE has five radiotherapy machines for cancer treatment with only one being functional while the rest are faulty.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Two machines are at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo while three are found at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare where the only functional one is housed. All the machines were purchased from a Switzerland based company named Varien. Briefing the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Gender on Monday, Parirenyatwa consultant oncologist Dr Webster Kadzatsa said they long to see other machines work at their hospital. “Zimbabwe is among the…

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Create Cancer Levy Now- Gvt Told

THERE is need to create a Cancer Levy to fund for treatment of cancer patients in the country, medical doctors have said.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Modelled like the AIDS levy, the fund will help cancer patients access affordable treatment.This came out during a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee On Gender Cancer Assessment tour around Harare’s hospitals. Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals Consultant Oncologist Dr Anna Mary Nyakabau told parliamentarians that patients were bearing the burden of expensive cancer treatment on their own. “Most of the patients we treat for cancer use money…

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Zim commences National Radiotherapy Guidelines

By Kudakwashe Pembere Zimbabwe’s radiotherapy experts have engaged the International Atomic Energy Agency to hit the ground running on coming up with national clinical radiotherapy guidelines as part of the National Strategy on Cancer. Three IAEA experts from South Africa are in the country working with local radiotherapy experts to formulate standardized and internationally accepted guidelines on treating cancer patients using radiotherapy. Health and Childcare ministry’s Permanent Secretary Brigadier General (Retired) Dr. Gerald Gwinji told journalists on the sidelines of the launch of National Radiotherapy Guidelines that these guidelines are meant…

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