ST DOMS UN­VEILS NEW ON­COL­OGY EQUIP­MENT

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CANCERCARE Bor­der On­col­ogy Cen­tre launched their new state-of-the-art lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor ma­chine at St Do­minics Hos­pi­tal last week.

Equra Health of­fi­cially un­veiled the new ma­chine af­ter a five­month pe­riod of re­plac­ing the old lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor.

The ma­chine started treat­ing cancer pa­tients on June 25 and is now fully op­er­a­tional, treat­ing about 35 pa­tients a day.

CEO of Med­i­cal Spe­cial­ist Hold­ings, Jac­ques Sny­man said it was a great priv­i­lege to un­veil the new in­vest­ment.

“Our mis­sion is qual­ity ac­cess to on­col­ogy care, as well as af­ford­abil­ity,” he said. Lead Ra­di­a­tion Ther­a­pist at Equra Health’s Ra­di­a­tion Unit, based at Bor­der On­col­ogy Cen­tre, Michelle Martin said they aimed to treat 40 pa­tients a day with the new ma­chine.

“We treated five pa­tients when we started, now the ca­pac­ity has in­creased ever since,” she said.

CEO of Frere Hos­pi­tal, Dr Ro­lene Wag­ner said there had been much de­bate over the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance (NHI) Bill, and it was clear that med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers were mov­ing to­wards univer­sal ac­cess.

“What has been ex­cit­ing about the part­ner­ship be­tween Frere and Equra Health is that it has proven that with com­mon pur­pose, the state and pri­vate sec­tor can ac­tu­ally work to­gether,” she said.

Pic­ture: SIVENATHI GOSA

FULLY OP­ER­A­TIONAL: At the launch of Cancercare Bor­der On­col­ogy Cen­tre’s new lin­ear ac­cel­er­a­tor ma­chine are, back row, Jac­ques Sny­man, and, front left, Hanif Ham­du­lay, Michelle Martin, Ver­schka Frantz and Ro­lene Wag­ner

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