Head of IAEA visits cancer treatment centre in Tanzania

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Patients waiting at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute in United Republic of Tanzania.

A cancer treatment facility in Tanzania has been described by the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency as a success story.

Yukiya Amano, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) spoke to the staff of the Ocean Road Cancer Institute which he visited on Tuesday.

He said the IAEA has worked very hard to ensure that more and more people in Tanzania have access to high quality treatment for cancer.

Dr. Amano said his agency has provided equipment and training, which he said is very important in this field and commended the staff at the centre for their work.

"Equipment is one thing but training is as equally important as the equipment. But I know that it is the dedicated staff of Ocean Road, I mean doctors, nurses, physicists, technologists and support staff who have made this institute such as success story. Thanks to you many lives have been saved and many patients have improved the quality of life. You can take pride in your work." (29")

Dr. Amano said that since 2006 Tanzania has been one of the eight model demonstration sites for the IAEA's Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy.

He added that the world needs more centres like the Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Tanzania.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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