|Cancer patients in dilemma|
|Sunday, 15 July 2012 00:10|
Hundreds of cancer patients are at risk as the only radiotherapy machine at Parirenyatwa Hospital has broken down amid reports that the country has no qualified engineer to repair it.
The engineer who regularly repairs the machine is said to be based in South Africa and has not indicated when he will be jetting in to attend to the problem.
“However, I am not in a position to tell who services the machine as that information can only be accessed from our technical department,” she said.
“The majority of Zimbabweans rely on Government hospitals since cancer treatment is very expensive and very few can afford private hospitals,” she said.
The radiotherapy machine attacks cancer cells in the body by emitting rays that kill the cells and the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe says the breakdown of the machine at Parirenyatwa has the same effects as those of stopping an HIV patient from taking anti-retroviral drugs.
Zimbabwe records 70 000 new cancer cases annually.