The Kumasi situation analysis identified a number of challenges across the cancer care spectrum, including challenges specific to radiology. These ranged from poor equipment maintenance and inadequate archiving of images to a lack of infrastructure and limited qualified human resources personnel.
The project will contribute to the overall improvement of radiological diagnosis of cancer patients, and provide Kumasi with a foundation to strategically upgrade its radiology services in response to patients’ needs. A development plan will include well-equipped radiology and nuclear medicine departments, with well-trained staff in adequate numbers, at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Kumasi South Hospital, Manhyia District Hospital, Tafo Government Hospital and Peace and Love Hospital.
A local multidisciplinary, inter-institutional team was assembled to coordinate the development of the different project outputs, in consultation with local and external experts nominated by the technical cooperation partners of C/Can. The selected project team members conducted scientific visits to University of Algiers, Algeria and Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, which were nominated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a partner institution of City Cancer Challenge (C/Can). The final outputs will be endorsed by the City Executive Committee and the relevant authorities for implementation.
A total of $220,400 has been mobilised from development agency GIZ for the operationalisation of the Kumasi nuclear medicine development plan, and completion of retrofitting of a designated room for operationalisation of SPECT/CT.
This comprehensive development plan for Kumasi’s main hospitals will see the creation of well-equipped radiology and nuclear medicine departments adequately staffed by well-trained professionals.
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