Namibia on Wednesday inaugurated a new nuclear medical center at the country’s coastal town of Swakopmund in Erongo region in efforts to address challenges of accessibility and inadequate treatment services for heart, cancer and kidney patients in the country.

In her speech, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Juliet Kavetuna, said that center, set to offer medical specialty using radiopharmaceuticals to diagnose and treat diseases becomes the fourth of its kind in the country- with two in Namibia’s capital Windhoek and one in Oshakati in northern Namibia.

According to the minister, the availability and accessibility to cancer treatment facilities has been a challenge in the country for both private and state sectors.

“Treatment services have been centralized and crowded. Therefore, this center will aid in enhancing access to medication and promote health, which is essential for national development,” she said.

Meanwhile, Namibia has over the years recorded an increase in the number of confirmed cancer cases, according to Kavetuna.

Statistics by the Cancer Association of Namibia shows that an average of 10 Namibians are diagnosed daily with cancer, with cervical and breast cancer being the most prevalent.

“The opening of this nuclear medical center is thus timely,” she added.

The newly inaugurated center, built in line with national and international hospital standards is owned by Namibia Nuclear Imaging, a fully Namibian-owned company established in 2008.

In the meantime, the Minister commended the private sector for continued investment in health infrastructure and facilities. Enditem

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