The Ministry of Health and Child Care has issued a public announcement on the Medical Physics Status at Mpilo Radiotherapy Department. The statement read:
The Honourable Vice President wishes to advise the public that he is aware of the medical physics status at Mpilo Radiotherapy Department and has already made arrangements to avail the services.
The Honourable Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, General (Rtd) Dr C.G.D. N. Chiwenga visited the hospital and availed funding which resuscitated broken down radiotherapy equipment and procured Uninterrupted Power Supply System (UPS) for Mpilo Radiotherapy Department.
With these developments, Radiotherapy and chemotherapy services will be available at Mpilo Central Hospital to cater for Cancer services in the southern region of Zimbabwe.
The demand for medical physicists is a global challenge and access to radiation treatment is limited in many countries and non-existent in some countries.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care would like to thank the staff, partners and Government ministries who have continued to assist in ensuring there is available health delivery services in the country.
The statement follows media reports indicating that the cancer radiotherapy machines at Mpilo Central Hospital, Zimbabwe’s second-largest hospital, are lying idle as there is no qualified operator.