AME International, a global health care company based in Austria, recently expressed an interest in partnering with Zambia to renovate the country’s Cancer Centre in Lusaka.
According to Zambia’s Ambassador to Germany, Anthony Mukwita, the company believes that once the centre is expanded and renovated, less cancer patients in Zambia would die needlessly.
He said once the upgrade is done in Zambia, costs of treating cancer, would reduce, which will save government money from evacuating patients and direct the saved money to other priority areas.
‘It breaks my heart that the affliction (cancer) kills almost 8000 Zambians annually from around 12,000 cases recorded annually when the number could be reduced,’ said Mukwita.
‘Our mission in Berlin has already communicated the upgrade and rehabilitation proposal to the relevant office and we await a response.’
AME International Managing Director, Heinz Messinger said resources for the project would be part grant and part soft government loan at zero interest rate guaranteed by the Austrian Credit and Export Bank, if President Edgar Lungu accepts the offer.
‘We are seeking a meeting at the highest level of government in Zambia via the embassy in Berlin to realise this dream of reducing the deaths from cancer as soon as possible,’ said Messinger.