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    President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera says he is optimistic that cancer patients in the country will receiving treatment locally by the year 2030 in line with the National Cancer Control Plan.

    He said this in Blantyre on Tuesday at the official inauguration of the the International Blantyre Cancer Centre (IBCC), a multi-billion cancer treatment facility which was has been built by the business tycoon, Dr Thomson Frank Mpinganjira and other international partners.

    “For a single cancer patient to receive treatment abroad they are expected to use k25 million, an amount most Malawians cannot afford to raise. On the other hand, the country will be able to save foreign exchange currency as a result of this facility since treatment will be accessed locally, ” said Chakwera.

    The Malawian leader disclosed that by September 2024, another similar facility will be operational at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe as construction of the facility is nearing completion.

    In his welcoming speech, the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of IBCC Dr Thom Mpinganjira he joined forces with stakeholders to construct the cancer center following the demise of his wife Barbra Mpinganjira. She succumbed to cancer on 4 January 2019.

    Dr Mpinganjira said that he spent three months at a hospital with his wife in South Africa. That was a painful period in his life hence the idea of coming up with a cancer facility.

    “Staying three months in South Africa, while my wife was receiving cancer treatment, was a very painful period in my life,” recalled Mpinganjira.

    Mpinganjira commended president Chakwera for accepting his invitation to officially inaugurate the cancer center which has been constructed to the tune of K9 billion.

    Statistics show that 17 000 are diagnosed with cancer in the country annually, and out of which, 12 000 succumb to the disease within the same period.

    Soon after arrival at the facility, the state president toured the Cancer Centre facilities such as Computer Tomography Scan, Medical Physics, Radiotherapy and the Chemotherapy Treatment area among other facilities.

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