7. Fresh cancer therapy in state graces
TANZANIA has welcomed new developments by research scientists who have created silicon nanoparticles to diagnose and cure cancer, saying it is closely monitoring the fresh therapy.
For the first time, Lomonosov Moscow State University researchers, jointly with German colleagues, have applied nanoparticles to detect and treat the non-communicable disease. Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Minister Ummy Mwalimu told the ‘Daily News’ over the phone in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the new findings can be of help to a growing cancer burden in the country and across the globe. “Cancer cases are disturbing the health sector in the country. But with this fresh therapy, it is indeed a step ahead in the treatment plans,” she observed. The health minister identified that among the growing cancer burden, Tanzania has been hit harder by cervical cancer. World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that there were approximately 21,000 new cancer patients in Tanzania by 2002.