GRZ, AVIC sign US$25M Cancer Treatment Centre contract
The Government of Zambia has signed a US$25 million contract with Avic International for the construction of the Cancer Treatment Centre in Ndola, Copperbelt Province.
Health Minister Sylvia Masebo announced the development in Lusaka today adding that the efforts were aimed at decentralizing cancer services and challenges faced in cancer treatment and care.
Ms Masebo said the government expedited the process in a bid to address the urgent matter considering that over 13-thousand patients were treated at the only Cancer Diseases Hospital.
She further said the government was sourcing equipment for the Cancer Diseases Hospital in Lusaka as most machines were obsolete. The contract was signed by the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration Prof Christopher Simoonga and Avic International was represented by Mr Tie Rigen
And speaking on behalf of AVIC International Mr Rigen assured the Zambian government that his company would do everything possible to complete the project in a stipulated period of 12 months and provide equipment.
Meanwhile, Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) president Chrispin Moyo is elated with the development and hopes the package will address the challenges faced by specialists in cancer.