The construction of the National Cancer Centre the Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe has impressed President Peter Mutharika saying he is very optimistic that the contractors will meet the set target.
President Mutharika said this after inspecting the progress of the project on Wednesday.
“I came here early March last year to launch this project, but what I have seen today its extremely impressive. 41% of the project have already being done, this is very impressive, ” said Mutharika.
Mutharika then urged the contractors to maintain with the good progress report on the project. “I’m very excited, I will come back to inspect this project soon. ” he said.
Mutharika said the setting up of the K5.8 billion centre Mutharika gives Malawians a lot of hope.
“The National Cancer Centre will bring hope to Malawians who are suffering from cancer as they will be treated right here without being sent abroad for treatment once the centre starts operating.”
Mutharika said his government considered the health of Malawians of paramount importance, adding that was why it wanted the country to have good health facilities.
“My government will make sure that you have better health facilities so that we can save lives of our brothers and sisters,” he said.
“People wait for months and even years to be sent abroad for treatment, but now with the constructing of the cancer centre, patients will no longer have to travel abroad for treatment,” he said.
In his remarks, Minister of Health, Atupele Muluzi said the building of a national cancer center was a welcome development as the country was registering a lot of cancer cases which needed radio therapy.
“We have a lot of cancer cases especially among our women. If you talk of breast and cervical cancers, both need special treatment which we don’t have at the moment in the country.
“Government is spending a lot of money sending cancer patients for treatment abroad but once we have this cancer centre operating, sending patients abroad will be history,” he said.
The National Cancer Centre is to be built with funding from OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).