LUTH cancer centre opens to patients, promises sustainability
Director, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority-Lagos University Teaching Hospital (NSIA-LUTH) cancer centre, Mignionette Crause has said that the newly commissioned NSIA-LUTH cancer center has officially opened its doors for treatment of cancer patients across the country.
According to Crause, the cardinal vision of the centre is to run as a centre of excellence, as the flagship of cancer treatment in the West Africa sub-region, priding as a one-stop centre of excellence in oncology care.
She noted that they can offer the best cancer care in Africa by being profitable and sustainable
The director explained that since the commissioning of the centre by President Muhammadu Buhari in February a lot of progress including the appointment of most of the core staff members and initial training by the International Supplier of Radiotherapy Machines, Varian, have been made.
She continued: “The Halcyon Treatment Machine has been commissioned and accepted and first patients have started treatment. The Vital Beam Linear Accelerator will be commissioned soonest.”
Crause said initial treatments offered to the public will be basic, simple regimes stressing that more complex treatments will start later.
“The Information Technology (IT) system is currently being implemented and staff training on the electronic record system will commence shortly. Induction training of all staff has commenced and the opening of different departments will be phased,” she added.
Crause said they have a specialised team comprising of newly appointed staff including LUTH staff to man the different departments necessary to operate the center.
“It is an outpatient private facility offering services of Medical assessments, Radiation treatments Chemotherapy and later brachytherapy to paying patients,” she said.
Managing Director Healthshare, Dr Tony de Coite said they are committed to providing the best cancer care not only in Nigeria but best in Africa.
“We have put in the best infrastructure at the moment. It is a very much needed project for Nigeria. The doctors are combinations of those employed by the centre and LUTH working together as a team to make sure they give the best service to the patients,” he added.
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