Da Nang General Hospital inaugurated a centre for nuclear medicine and radiation therapy on September 10 in a bid to fight cancer.

The modern institution combines the sectors of nuclear medicine, manufacturing and distribution with the purpose of researching, diagnosing and treating cancer.

It has a total investment of 12 million USD, including 10 million USD in official development assistance from the Republic of Korea and 2 million USD from the State budget. Additional 4 million USD, donated by the organisation East Meet West, was used for infrastructure and construction.

Tran Ngoc Thanh, head of Da Nang General Hospital, said the centre would enable cancer patients, especially from the Central Region, to access advanced medical treatment and reduce travel costs and time.

The patients could also rest assured about the medical staff at the centre, who were trained abroad, he added.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cancer is one of the world’s most deadly non-contagious diseases. In the central region of Vietnam alone, more than 20,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year.-VNA