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Fight against cancer

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One of the key policy aspects of the African National Congress is to intensify efforts to improve the health of ordinary South Africans. As the ANC we therefore commends the Gauteng Department of Health for investing in the latest technology to assist cancer patients. The Department has invested R36 million for a new oncology facility that will ensure that cancer patients in Ga-Rankuwa, Tshwane and surrounding areas have easier access to state-of-the-art oncology treatment. The launch of this technology marks the beginning of the end to suffering for many cancer patients who were referred to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Tshwane. This will reduce the pressure placed on the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, which in 2010 saw over 12 000 patients in the oncology unit, and by 2016, the number doubled to 24 000 patients.

As the ANC we view this latest technology as creating a more efficient environment for doctors working in the oncology unit. It also offers enhanced healthcare service delivery and capacity for specialist training to render the department competitive in cancer research, innovation and the development of effective treatment modalities for cancer. The ANC calls upon its Government to invest more in this kind of technology, as over 100 000 South Africans are diagnosed with cancer annually, and this clearly shows that the demand for cancer treatment is increasing.

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