Health official bares P240-M modern cancer center to rise in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 December 2013 14:26

A P240-million modern cancer center is set to be constructed next year at the compound of the government-run Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) here.

ZCMC Chief of Hospital Dr. Romeo Ong announced Friday that the new cancer center will be built in a 2,000 square meters lot at the ZCMC compound.

Ong said the facility will be fully equipped with Computed Tomography (CT) Scan machine, cobalt, digital mammogram, and linear accelerator.

Ong said the Department of Health (DOH)-central office is set to conduct the bidding for the project next month and the construction will start next year.

It’s construction will be funded through private-public partnership (PPP), Ong said.

The construction of the facility at the ZCMC compound will bring to eight the number of cancer centers in the country.

Ong said the ZCMC was chosen to be the site of the cancer center since it is strategically located in the region.

The center, once operational, could serve patients not only from the Zamboanga Peninsula but also from the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi Tawi, which are part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Ong said the construction of a cancer center in this city will be advantageous “because those who have cancer will no longer have to go to Cebu or Manila to be treated” and it is cheaper because ZCMC is a government-owned hospital. — RGAAG