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A cancer treatment centre has been inaugurated at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) in Ghana, serving patients in the Northern, North East, Upper East, Upper West, and Savannah regions.
The centre, constructed by the Nelly Foundation in collaboration with the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), will treat cancer patients, create awareness, and conduct periodic cancer screening exercises. It will also augment the existing oncology centre at the hospital and enhance quality health care for cancer patients who have been in long queues due to pressure on the existing facility.
The acting Chief Executive of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Dr. Adam Atiku, expressed optimism that the centre would help save many lives and lessen the burden of patients who have experienced traumatic experiences before accessing healthcare. He appealed for more equipment, such as mammograms and radiotherapy machines, to enable the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.
The Nelly Foundation founder, Ellen Sey Batin, established the centre in honor of her late mother, who died as a cancer patient in the Netherlands. The Deputy Chief Executive Office of the NPA reiterated the authority’s commitment to ensuring quality health care in the country. In 2021, the TTH inaugurated its first oncology centre, built by Roche Product Ghana Limited in collaboration with World Child Cancer, for GH¢600,000.
SOURCE: GRAPHIC ONLINE