ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has inaugurated a new Cancer treatment Center in the City of Harar, bringing the number of new oncology facilities opened in the month of February to two.
The new center was officially inaugurated by Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse together with Deputy governor of the City administration Misra Abdela, on Friday.
Built at a cost of 270 million birr, the center is located in Harar’s Hiwot Fana Specialized University Hospital – a teaching hospital for Haramaya University’s College of Health and Medical Sciences.
The University invested 70 million birr to build the facility while the Ministry of Health equipped the center with medical supplies including a state of the art 3D Radiotherapy LINAC machine, at a cost of 4 million USD.
The center facility will provide access to life saving cancer treatment to communities in the eastern part of the country, said the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry is currently implementing a National Cancer Control Plan which aims to scale up HPV vaccination for school girls, primary care level screening for cervical cancer and expansion of cancer treatment centers.
Last week, authorities opened a new cancer treatment center for service in Jimma – a city located in western Ethiopia.
The inauguration of the two new centers in Harar and Jimma is a part Ministry of health’s plan to open seven oncology centers across across the nation this year.
Until recently, Tikur Anbessa specialized hospital was Ethiopia’s only center for cancer treatment offering ontological surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Although the number of faculties are providing cancer treatment increasing now, their numbers, however, are still not sufficient in the country where nearly 52, 000 cancer deaths are registered annually.
In 2020 alone, the country recorded more than 77, 000 new cancer cases among which cervical and breast cancer constitute the significant majority, according to the international agency on Cancer Research.
Only 15 percent of these patients get access to treatment, health officials say.
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