Tanzania

90 cervical cancer centres planned The Tanzanian government has announced plans to set up 90 centres for test and treatment of cervical cancer diseases in 30 councils by June 2017. Minister for Health, Ms Ummy Mwalimu, told a press conference that the World Bank (WB) will finance the construction project and it has already released Ts2bn (US$1 million) for the work. The stations are expected to address a challenge whereby most of the patients are diagnosed when the diseases are at an advanced stage, a situation that defies treatment. “We are going to train 180 health experts for these centres. This means we will deploy two of them at each centre,” she said. It is estimated that the country records 50,000 cases of cancer every year, with only 11.4% getting treatment. (Source: Daily News Tanzania)

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