International paediatric centre for Ghana

Accra, An International Paediatric Cancer Centre, the first of its kind in the world would be built in Ghana as a centre of excellence in cancer care on the African continent.

The centre is the first step of a broad global initiative being undertaken by the Eugene Gasana Jr. Foundation to enhance the rate of cure of cancer in children, through increasing access to comprehensive cancer care.

Dr. Tanya Trippett, President of the Eugene Gasana Jr. Foundation, disclosed this on Monday when she and a delegation from the Foundation, called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House in Accra.

The 94-bed state-of-the-art facility, according to Dr Trippett would also serve as a teaching facility for medical professionals in Ghana and the continent, with the infrastructure of the hospital also designed to meet high international standards for delivery of quality cancer care for children.

She revealed that the centre would factor in lodging facilities for patients and parents in addition to the recruitment of visiting international medical professionals to aid in training of medical professionals in the delivery of high quality care.

Four of such centres Dr Trippett stated, would be built across the world in four other continents, with the centre in Ghana being the “flagship project.” The project, she added, would be completed within two years.

President Akufo-Addo, on his part, thanked Dr Tanya Trippett and the Eugene Gasana Jr. Foundation for the gesture of their visit, and for making Ghana the first country in the world for the setting up of this “critical piece of infrastructure.”

Describing the project as a “brilliant idea with immense benefits for our country”, President Akufo-Addo noted that the International Paediatric Cancer Centre will “bridge the gap in the field of cancer care of children” in Ghana and in Africa.

Source: Ghana News Agency