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Tanzania government to construct 90 cancer centres this year

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The government of Tanzania will set up 90 cervical cancer centres across the country in order to ensure early diagnosis of cervical and breast cancer and treatment of the of the diseases.

World Bank (WB) will be financing the project and has already released 2bn/- to meet the June 2017 completion deadline according to the Daily News.






“We are going to train 180 health experts for these centres. This means we will deploy two of them at each centre,” Tanzania’s Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children, Ms Ummy Mwalimu, told a press conference

According to Ms. Mwalimu, 70 per cent of the patients in Tanzania go to the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) when the disease has already spread on its third or fourth stage. Tanzania is estimated have a record of 50,000 cases of cancer every year and only 11.4 per cent get treatment.

According to World Health Organization Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in Africa.

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