New cancer treatment equipment for Lae


Health Minister Sir Puka Temu says a new radiotherapy machine will be installed at the PNG National Cancer Centre at Angau Memorial General Hospital in Lae.
The cobalt therapy or cobalt-60 therapy machine at the centre, the only specialist cancer treatment facility in PNG, is reported to be outdated.
It has not been used since 2016.
Sir Puka said the facility, which was allocated K30 million by the Government, would house a new radiotherapy machine to provide radiation treatment for cancer patients.
He said the health department was also looking at providing a linear accelerator and brachytherapy machine for the cancer unit as well.
“We are building the next cancer centre at the Port Moresby General Hospital, and will equip it with a linear accelerator and brachytherapy machine to start treating cancer patients,” Sir Puka said.
“We are working on both centres to be operational by early next year.”
Angau board chairman David Wissink said the hospital had not received the promised allocation of K30 million from the government.
“But, Angau received K11 million (hospital allocation) at the end of 2018,” he said.

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