ST. JOHN’S Antigua, Monday April 23, 2012 – The Caribbean is poised to have its own EC$13.5 million cancer treatment centre.
Regional health leaders are expected to meet in Antigua and Barbuda for the official ground breaking ceremony of The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean at the Mount St. John Medical Centre Facility on April 26.
This centre, the brainchild of Antiguan Prime Minister, W. Baldwin Spencer, is expected to service all countries within the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) once completed.
It is a joint venture partnership between Global Health Partners Limited, the Antiguan government, the governments of the OECS and the MEI Healthcare Corporation.
These partnerships are expected to improve the provision of accessible cancer treatment services throughout the region.
According to reports, Mr. Spencer outlined that The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean will provide high quality medical, radiation and surgical Oncology services, markedly discounted for government-supported patients.
The new centre is also expected to enhance cancer services at government hospitals within the OECS through hosting of regular Oncology Clinics, developing cost effective and safe chemotherapy services, providing oversight and expertise in the various islands, and proving major cost savings to partner governments.
The Antiguan government is expected to play a regulatory role in the construction and management of the facility and provide a safety net for the less fortunate who are required to use the services of the facility, reports indicate.
The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean will be chaired by Sierra Leone born, Dr. Arthur Porter, Professor of Medicine and Oncology, while former superintendent of the Medical Benefits Scheme, Cothrille George will be deputy chair.