ADDIS ABABA – East Africa’s Regional economic bloc, IGAD, will officially inaugurate its Regional Cancer Centre of Excellence (RCCE) in Addis Ababa on Monday.
Tomorrow’s ground-breaking ceremony will be attended by the IGAD Executive Secretary, Ambassadors of the IGAD member states, senior Government officials, and development partners, according to the regional bloc.
The state-of-the-art centre is estimated to cost 500 million US dollars and was established by the decision of the IGAD Council in 2012.
The regional bloc said it would be a key contributor to the global fight against cancer.
“We hope that the science and technology-driven centre will be able to make meaningful contributions to the realisation of IGAD region’s goal to become a regional leader in providing world-class healthcare for cancer patients and come up with cutting edge research and training to contain the disease,” said Workneh Gebeyehu, the IGAD Executive Secretary.
“We, therefore, appeal for a strong commitment to the IGAD Regional Cancer Centre of Excellence to give hope to citizens suffering from cancer in the region”, said Dr Workneh while urging member countries and partners to mobilize resources and expertise to ensure the success of the project.
Upon completion, the centre will provide accessible world-class quality cancer care services including diagnosis, treatment, and research.
The primary objective of the Centre is aimed at dealing with the growing cancer-induced healthcare challenge being experienced in the region and train skilful and competent professionals in the prevention and treatment of cancer.
The Ethiopian government has already allocated the 200,000s square meters of land where the Centre will be located.