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Lazarus Chakwera hails atomic energy agency’s support

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President Lazarus Chakwera has hailed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for its commitment to support the cancer treatment centre at Kamuzu Central Hospital.

Chakwera met IAEA officials at Capital Hill Tuesday.

“The coming of the International Atomic Energy Agency in the country is a step towards the completion of the cancer treatment Centre at Kamuzu Central Hospital. The move is a great service and improvement to the country’s health system,” Chakwera said.

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He added that referring cancer patients outside the country will now be a story of the past as IAEA has shown commitment to supporting the cancer centre.

Shaukat Abdulrazak, who is the Director for the Division for Africa at the IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation, said the agency is committed to seeing Malawi put up a radiotherapy that so that patients are treated locally.

“Our organisation is already assisting Malawi in various interventions including training of human resource. Once the bunkers are completed, the organisation will start to procure other necessary equipment so that Malawi is eased from the burden of sending cancer patients outside Malawi,” Abdulrazak said.

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In this capacity, he facilitates IAEA technical cooperation support to 45 countries in Africa Malawi being of them.

IAEA will be working in the country through a project called ‘Raising Hope initiative’.

Established in 1957, the agency seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy and to inhibit its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons.

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