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Thousands Of Cancer Patients Stranded At Parirenyatwa

Thousands Of Cancer Patients Stranded At Parirenyatwa

Thousands of cancer patients have been left stranded after Parirenyatwa Hospital’s three radiotherapy machines broke down.

Radiation is used to treat at least 50% of all cancer cases. It can be either corrective or relaxing, depending on the stage and prognosis of the disease.

The radiotherapy machines at Parirenyatwa are said to have been down for the past 18 days, with authorities trying to bring in foreign engineers and the required spares to repair them.

Stranded patients who require the services are now vulnerable to further spread of the cancerous cells, as well as suffering immense pain.

Lovemore Makurirofa from the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe said interruption of cancer treatment was a major drawback in the recovery of patients. Makurirofa said:

It is critical that when radiotherapy is commenced, it should not be interrupted. The breaking down of the machines means that there may be certain cancer patients who were on treatment, but of which treatment will be now interrupted. The results are that it will give an opportunity for the cancer to spread. 

Radiotherapy relieves pain by shrinking the cancer cells, and so without the machines, it means many patients are experiencing a lot of pain, especially those on palliative care.

Parirenyatwa Hospital spokesperson Lenos Dhire said the interruption in the provision of radiotherapy services started on January 17, 2022, due to the breakdown of equipment.

This is not the first time that the machines have broken down. Over the years, this critical service has been interrupted despite the fact that Parirenyatwa is one of the country’s two major referral centres for cancer patients.

Mpilo Hospital is the other centre, but its machines also face similar challenges and patients often travel to Harare for radiotherapy.

More: NewsDay Zimbabwe

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Yvt 3 months ago

Education and Health these 2 anoda priority number 1 these are the back bone of every country. Zimbabwe at this rate we are deteriorating at a faster pace, zvekutoti we are 20-30 years behind the whole world.

🤨🤨 3 months ago

Ana Mai ed vanenge vachisworo famba vachi wetsa mari kutadza kushandisa mari iyoyo kutenga mishina haaa Zim government ii marara hanzi heee Zim i chiri kusimukira a 42 yrs muchiri kusimuka chte ko ana Namibia avo vakaita Independence rinhi asi yakatobudirira want ummm

mai D 3 months ago

@mark iwe kwana kubvunza imhosva hre ndonzwa vamwe vachiti haidi chipatara inoda mushonga wechivanhu..nxaaa ndikwanire


mai D 3 months ago

asicancer inoda hospital hre

MuGrade 2 3 months ago

She asked a pertinent question..there are hundreds of cancer types...they need different specialists. ..some are a result of witchcraft hence traditionalists can treat some cancers . some ♋ are treated in India... when it comes to ♋ traditional healers are e best ,buh not every traditional healer

Sisteri 3 months ago

Mai D ndive kwaMwazha vaya vasingaiti zvechipatara, asi kuvhotera Zanu pf chete.

Bright 3 months ago

Mai d makadzidzepi imi

Mark 3 months ago

Some people just ask stupid questions

Vladimir 3 months ago

of course it needs a hospital otherwise how else will the patients be monitored and get treatment

Scorched earth 3 months ago people are going to die whilst someone hires private jets, builds Mbuya neHandas and buy 70 000 jeeps for his MPs and mayors...

ED and your government are evil, devils in the flesh....How does one support Zanu for fucks sake

Tk 3 months ago

So so sad cry my beloved country

Destro Movietory 3 months ago

Why why Mr Mnangagwa?Why priotise Nehanda "s statue when we don't hve medical equipment?Every city/twn shud hve its own it bcz you & yo cabal can hire a private jet & get treated for a headache in China,SA or india...cry my beloved country ...
One day it shall all come to an END!

Damned 3 months ago

Hausi Suntei here iwe??

Chikandamina 3 months ago

True end futi na @mk ☝️☝️☝️☝️☝️☝️

@mk 3 months ago

Basa kuhire maprivate jet nekutenga mavaccine asina basa svee kutenga mishina yechizvino zvino kuzvipatara nekuzvivandudza

Ende Futi 3 months ago

Pwambeyi nezhanu pi ef nxaaaaaaaa.
Pwambeyi nayesheningi pyezhident nxaaaa.

How many machines could have been bought using the money spent on purchasing useless Polad principles vehicles?
Misplaced priorities or Self_serving interests using national purse😬

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