DAR-ES-SALAAM-- Tanzania is poised to become a hub for medical tourism in the East Africa sub-region and beyond, thanks to major improvements of its health facilities and the planned acquisition of a 14.5 billion shillings (about 6.4 million US dollars) state-of-the-art equipment for cancer screening known as Positron Emission Tomography Scanning (PET Scan).
Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Ummy Mwalimu says the scanner was not available in any country in the sub-region and patients requiring such screening are referred to India and other countries abroad.
The government has allocated 14.5 billion shillings during the coming fiscal year to purchase the equipment which will be installed at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute, she told a media briefing here last week. "A PET scan can be used to detect cancerous tissues and cells in the body which may not always be detected through computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
For the coming fiscal year, Mwalimu has asked the National Assembly to approve a budget of 898.4 billion shillings for her Ministry's recurrent and development expenditures, amounts which were unanimously endorsed by the House last Friday.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK