(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) has laid the foundation stone during an official ceremony for a cancer treatment centre project under the patronage of Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of the Republic of Burkina Faso, in the presence of the First Lady and the Prime Minister.
The ceremony was also attended by a delegation from Qatar Fund for Development, headed by Mansour Abdullah Al Dhaimi, Deputy Director General of the Department of Shared Services, and a number of ministers and officials from the Burkinabe side.
The Minister of Health of Burkina Faso, Leonie Claudine, gave a speech at the ceremony whereby she expressed her thanks and gratitude to the Government and people of the State of Qatar under the leadership of Amir H H Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani for the humanitarian and development assistance provided to the people and Government of the Republic of Burkina Faso in the health care sector.
From his side Al Dhaimi said: 'We at the Qatar Development Fund are proud to build this new of a kind medical centre in West Africa that will strengthen the health sector in Burkina Faso and be a major cause of life for many cancer patients. This project is of great importance to us and local officials and will be active in providing treatment, and improving the level of health services in general and cancer patients in particular
The project aims to increase the ability to secure access to treatment, and improve the quality of services and reduce the number of treatments abroad, which will in turn help reduce the financial burden on the Government's health sector budget. This project is estimated to benefit 1,700 beneficiaries annually. In addition to training of medical and technical staff, the cancer centre also includes a radiotherapy section, chemical treatment rooms, laboratories and administrative offices, covering a total area of 1681 square meters.