With a capacity to care for 1,500 patients per year, this center will make it possible to treat several cases of cancer on the spot, in particular cancers of the cervix, prostate, lung, rectum, esophagus and stomach according to the Ministry of Health. A radiotherapy center built by the state of Burkina Faso with the support of the Emir of Qatar, through the Qatari Development Fund, at a total cost of 7 billion 700 million CFA francs.
as reported from Ouagadougou, Yaya Boudani
This radiation therapy center will treat several types of cancer, with a capacity of sixty patients per day, according to project coordinator Djakaridja Hema Ouattara.
“We have a room for brachytherapy that treats cervical cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer … Here is a radiotherapy center that can treat all types of cancer. Full-time, we will be able to treat 60 patients per day. ”
To cure cancer through radiation therapy, Burkinabè patients were evacuated from the country. This type of treatment is the leading cause of medical evacuation in Burkina Faso.
Although they say they are happy with the opening of this new center, patients say they are worried about the cost of treatment. Professor Nay Zongo, Professor Nayi Zongo, representative of the recipients. “Patients will be deprived due to lack of funds even though they are available in Burkina Faso, this is currently the biggest problem for its recipients.”
President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, present at the inauguration ceremony, promises that special attention will be paid to healthcare costs. “A concern that has been raised is the economic issue. We have instructed that a reflection be carried out to make it possible for both those who have funds and those who can not seek treatment in this center. “
This first radiation treatment center will treat 1,500 patients a year, according to forecasts.