Da Nang opens centre for nuclear medicine, radiotherapy

Thursday, 2014-09-11 11:45:39
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Delegates visit facilities at the centre.
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Nhan Dan Online/VNA - Da Nang General Hospital inaugurated a centre for nuclear medicine and radiation therapy on September 10 in a bid to fight cancer.

The modern institution combines the sectors of nuclear medicine, manufacturing, and distribution with the purpose of researching, diagnosing, and treating cancer.

The centre has a total investment of US$12 million, including US$10 million in official development assistance from the Republic of Korea, and US$2 million from the State budget. An additional US$4 million, donated by the organisation East Meet West, was used for infrastructure and construction.

Tran Ngoc Thanh, head of Da Nang General Hospital, said the centre would enable cancer patients, especially those from the Central Region, to access advanced medical treatment and reduce travel time and costs.

The patients will also be able to feel at ease with the medical staff at the centre, who were trained abroad, he added.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cancer is one of the world’s most deadly non-contagious diseases. In the central region of Vietnam alone, more than 20,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year.