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Plans Advance For New Cancer Centre

Monday 28th May, 2018 – Construction of the proposed new cancer treatment centre in Antigua may be in the Camp Blizzard area though no firm decision has been taken.

Government is exploring the possibility that construction of the facility can begin by the end of the year. Cabinet spokesman Minister Charles Max Fernandez also explained that another option being explored is that equipment that will be placed in the new facility can be installed at MSJMC and treatments begin in the interim.

The Champalimaud Foundation in Portugal is to establish a similar facility in Antigua that will provide non-invasive cancer treatment that will directly target tumors and the like through a specialized process.

Portuguese officials departed the island last evening and are due to return shortly as they continue to advance plans for the construction of the cancer treatment centre. Minister Fernandez told reporters review of the contents outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding and other agreements will be undertaken in Cabinet before any work begins.

Antiguans and Barbudans will reportedly be treated free of cost at the facility; while others will pay $25,000 USD.

A large hotel capable of accommodating several hundred patients and families will also be built, making the Center multi-functional. The total investment is expected to exceed US$250 million dollars.

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