300 recruited for Cancer Disease Hospital

DEPUTY Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya says Government has recruited 300 health workers to boost the Cancer Diseases Hospital and subsidiary screening units countrywide.
And Dr Chilufya says the hospital, which is based in Lusaka’s University Teaching Hospital (UTH) grounds, is poised to become a centre of excellence in cancer control services in the region.
Dr Chilufya said in an interview on Wednesday that Government is setting up facilities countrywide to help in cancer treatment as part of its long-term plan to bring screening and treatment services closer to the people.
“We are upscaling from only handling screening services to handling minor therapeutic treatment in the provinces, and we are focusing on early detection,” Dr Chilufya said.
He said the ministry has in place a well-documented cancer strategy which serves as a guide in the management of cancer diseases.
Dr Chilufya said Government is concentrating its focus on early detection and ability to provide treatment.
“As we aspire to do that, we are modernising the Cancer Diseases Hospital in Lusaka with state-of-the-art equipment, training our human resource and in the process becoming the centre of excellence,” he said.
Dr Chilufya said Zambia will be a hub and centre of excellence in the region because of the investment and political will involved in the fight against cancer.
And Dr Chilufya has said Government is intolerant to any drug stock out.
“This year, we have continued to make improvement in the quantification, forecasting and improved distribution through Medical Stores,” he said.
The ministry is strengthening the national drug supply chain with the improved participation of all stakeholders from procurement through to distribution.

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