About 10 radiotherapists have successfully graduated at the Cancer Disease Hospital Training College in Lusaka.
And Ministry of Health permanent secretary Davy Chikamata , who was represented by Dr Christopher Simonga at the event, says the training of radiotherapists locally will help in the fight against cancer.
Mr Chikamata explained that localising the treatment of cancer patients by training personnel will accord patients an opportunity to access medical attention cheaply and improve health service delivery.
He said that having local training also creates the possibility of increasing on the number of professionals at a cheaper cost than sending them abroad for training.
He said the delivery of radiation in the radiotherapy treatment process is delicate and requires personnel trained at highest level.
Mr Chikamata notes that ensuring that cancer patients receive appropriate care and treatment is a major challenge, hence the need to locally train radiotherapists in order to successfully combat the scourge.
He said the building of the Cancer Disease Hospital was aimed at not only treating patients locally but also as a stepping stone to establishing a comprehensive cancer programme in Zambia.
Meanwhile, Cancer Disease Hospital executive director Dr Kennedy Lishimpi urged the graduates to deliver the best radiotherapy service in a competent and caring manner.
Dr. Lisimpi says it is encouraging that his Hospital has continued to find innovative ways of improving service delivery in the area of cancer.