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Ghana to get Paediatric Cancer Centre

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An International Paediatric Cancer Centre, the first of its kind in the world, is to be built in Ghana as a centre of excellence in cancer care on the African continent.

An International Paediatric Cancer Centre, the first of its kind in the world, is to be built in Ghana as a centre of excellence in cancer care on the African continent.

 

The centre is the first step of a broad global initiative being undertaken by the Eugene Gasana Jr. Foundation to enhance the rate of cure of cancer in children, through increasing access to comprehensive cancer care.

Tanya Trippett, President of the Eugene Gasana Jr. Foundation, made this known yesterday when she, together with a delegation from the Foundation, paid a courtesy call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The 94-bed state-of-the-art health centre, according to Dr Trippett, will also serve as a teaching facility for medical professionals in Ghana and the African continent, with the infrastructure of the hospital also designed to meet high international standards for delivery of quality cancer care for children.

She also revealed that the centre would factor in lodging facilities for patients and parents, in addition to the recruitment of visiting international medical professionals to aid in training of medical professionals in the delivery of high quality care.

Four of such centres, Dr Trippett stated, would be built across the world in four other continents, with the centre in Ghana being the “flagship project.” The project, she added, would be completed within two years.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, on his part, thanked Dr Tanya Trippett and the Eugene Gasana Jr. Foundation for the gesture of their visit, and for making Ghana the first country in the world for the setting up of this “critical piece of infrastructure.”

Describing the project as a “brilliant idea with immense benefits for our country”, President Nana Akufo-Addo noted that the International Paediatric Cancer Centre would “bridge the gap in the field of cancer care of children” in Ghana and in Africa.