Haramaya University Cancer Treatment Centre to begin operation


ADDIS ABABA (ENA), The Ministry of Health said Haramaya university cancer Treatment Centre will begin operation within the next three months. The Centre is expected to raise the number of cancer treatment centers in the country to three.
As the number of people who died of cancer has increased, the country has given due attention to prevent the disease. Expansion of detection and treatment centers and human resource development are among the major activities the government has been engaged, the ministry said.
Because of the activities carried out over the past years, diagnosing for cancer has become easy as a number of health institutions in rural and urban areas have started cancer diagnosis.
The nation has also managed to inaugurate a comprehensive cancer treatment centre in Addis Ababa at a district level in February 2016, making it the second in the country next to the Black Lion specialized Hospital.
Ministry of Health State Minister kebede worku said the centre at the Haramaya University will start the service as its construction has already been completed.
Four other treatment centers at Jimma, Hawassa and Mekelle Universities are under construction, while the expansion of the centre at the Black Lion Hospital is under way, kebede added.
Breast and cervical cancer are most common and second most common cancer diseases among women in the country respectively.
First lady Roman Tesfaye said because of low level of awareness and access to diagnosis and treatment many women are dying from the disease.
As detection and treatment of cancer at early stage improves the prospects for long-term survival, the office of the First Lady is closely working with the Ministry of Health to improve access to these services, Roman added.

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