KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
The Rwanda government is determined to
establish needed infrastructure and train specialists to
achieve its target of reducing cancer mortality by 10
percent by 2021, a senior official has said.
being put in training Rwandan doctors in oncology,
Rwandan state minister for health Patrick Ndimubanzi
said late Monday at Butaro Hospital cancer treatment
center in northern Rwanda.
addressing delegates from the global cancer community,
who were in Rwanda to attend a cancer conference, which
opened Tuesday in the Rwandan capital Kigali.
have been sent to Ghana to study medical physics to be
able to run radiotherapy machines in Rwanda while others
are studying in Tanzania and Kenya, Ndimubanzi said.
highlighted the government’s undertakings geared to
fighting cancer and non-communicable diseases, including
decentralization of cancer and non-communicable diseases
services, mass awareness campaigns on healthy life
styles and offering high-risk groups free hepatitis B
vaccination to prevent liver cancer.
Mpunga, director of Butaro Hospital cancer treatment
center, stressed the need to step up radiotherapy and
train Rwandan specialists to reduce the need to rely on
sustainable solutions to address cancer prevalence in
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Health experts from across Africa
and beyond on Tuesday sought more solutions to tackle
cancer prevalence in Africa, which is rising at an
attending the 11th International Conference
on Cancer in Africa (AORTIC 2017), which opened Tuesday
in the Rwandan capital Kigali.
The theme of
the four-day conference, which runs through Nov. 10, is
“Cancer in Africa: Making Strides, Creating Solutions.”
many efforts made by African governments to improve
their respective health sectors, many Africans continue
to succumb to cancer,” said Jean-Marie Kabongo Mpolesha,
president of the AORTIC.
focus more on tangible solutions to ensure that cancer
cases on the continent are properly handled and
addressed,” he said.
diagnosis and prevention should be a priority of every
government and health institutions across the continent,
remains the deadliest disease in Africa and little is
done to address the scourge, Mpolesha said, adding that
over 20 percent of African countries have no access to
cancer treatments at all, while access is limited and
irregular in other countries.
conference has brought 900 health specialists, including
oncologist, nurses, scientists, advocates, policymakers,
trade representatives, from the global cancer community,
according to organizers.
Africans strive to attain middle-income status, cancer
rates are climbing rapidly and most countries on the
continent are ill-equipped for the fight against cancer,
according to Lynette Denny, principal specialist and
head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at
Groote Schuur Hospital in South Africa.
and ignorance about cancer are widespread in Africa,”
she said. “Creating awareness campaigns about early
screening, detection and effective treatment is central
toward addressing cancer prevalence and its impact to
people on the continent.”
for concerted efforts to ensure palliative care to
late-stage cancer patients.
event, First Lady of Rwanda Jeanette Kagame said the
fight against cancer diseases calls for an increase and
diversity of partnerships and collaborations.
the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 1 million
people in Africa will be dying of cancer annually by
estimates that 70 percent of all cancer deaths occur in
low- and middle-income countries where resources for
prevention, diagnosis and treatment are limited or