Arce inaugurates the Center for Nuclear Medicine and Cancer Treatment
President Luis Arce inaugurated this Sunday the El Alto Nuclear Medicine and Cancer Treatment Center with the aim of treating this type of disease and other pathologies without the need to travel to other countries, thanks to the high technology it has.
In the act held on the occasion of the 37th anniversary of the civic anniversary, President Arce pointed out that the Nuclear Institute will be able to produce drugs for medical treatment.
He recalled that when he was diagnosed with cancer, the doctors deported him to Bolivia and he had to travel abroad to be checked with equipment similar to that of the Nuclear Medicine Center. Today, he considers himself a survivor because he was told he could not have surgery but rather receive specialized treatment.
“Brothers, now we have this Center available to Bolivians and it will no longer be necessary to go to Brazil, Argentina or Chile for treatment. Many years have passed to achieve this sovereignty in the treatment of this disease,” Arce said in his inaugural speech.
He explained that the Center will have the ability to detect where in the body the cancer is spreading and define the treatment that patients should receive.
He said that radiochemicals will be imported for testing so that by the middle of the year the radiopharmaceuticals themselves will be produced.
He announced that the Bolivian Agency for Nuclear Energy (ABEN) is preparing to replicate a similar institute in the city of Santa Cruz to promote agricultural production and development.
The project began in 2018 when the Bolivian Agency and the Argentine state agency INVAP signed a contract for the construction of three institutes in El Alto, La Paz and Santa Cruz, with an investment of 150 million dollars financed by the Bolivian state.
ABEN director Hortensia Jiménez said the institute has a high-tech scanner that uses nuclear energy to diagnose cancer early, has two linear accelerators, a brachytherapy area at high doses which will allow the treatment to take less time.
It has a simulator tomograph, a chemotherapy area and also a pharmacy. He argued that the contribution is significant for the quantity and quality of care for 120 cancer patients.
Health Minister Jeyson Auza said the center will serve all people who belong to an insurance system and the treatment will be free for patients who belong to the Single Health Insurance (SUS)