A state-of-the-art high-tech lung laboratory at the Helen Joseph Hospital has been launched in Johannesburg. Dr Gwen Ramakgopa, who is the MEC for Gauteng Health, was speaking at the launch. Dr Gwen Ramakgopa believes more people need to be educated about cancer in order for them to prevent it early, and South Africa has high cancer statistics. The facility was with funding from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation (BMSF) to establish a centre of respiratory excellence within Wits University’s pulmonology department. 

In her budget speech Dr Ramakgopa made mention that the department would before the ned of the financial year launch a health and wellness promotion revolution. She believes the centre is vital in the fight against cancer in South Africa because in many instances persons affected do not know much about early signs of cancer and the importance of being checked regularly, most don’t survive because the diagnosis was made too late. 

“It can’t be business as usual. We need to push back the frontiers of lines and trauma in our communities. We should just do this for the rich who can afford to be in oncology programmes and get incentives for buying healthy food. It must be for the benefits of all citizens in the country,” Dr Ramakgopa said. The centre will assist researchers in gathering data and knowledge about lug cancer, “so we understand it more and understand what it responds to optimally and what interventions work best for which kinds of patients”. The centre will also play a role in empowering and educating society about cancer. For more on the high-tech lung laboratory visit http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/335/180184.html