The five-day training that started on December 4 here, is spearheaded by Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) and has drawn participants from Mwanza, Simiyu, Shinyanga, Geita, Kagera and Mara regions.
Speaking to reporters, Dr. Sadiq Siu, a clinical oncologist at ORCI, said the training aims to implement a fellowship programme that creates understanding among health service providers on the symptoms of oncology and how to save lives.
Many patients suffering from oncology reach health facilities early, but are not correctly diagnosed with the disease because of primary health facilities’ lack of expertise, he said.
The training also enables medical personnel to know how to deal with patients at their health facilities by knowing the initial stages of the disease so as to better save lives.
According to him, there are a number of patients suffering from the disease who attend referral hospitals in a critical condition, which is dangerous.
“We want doctors at primary health facilities to diagnose and discover such problems at their respective centres,” he said.
He called for the need to ensure that targeted medical personnel undergo the training including district medical doctors and graduates in medicine in order to save more lives.
The training programme on oncology that commenced in 2016 with selected medical practitioners has already been conducted in Bagamoyo, where 20 doctors attended; Mbeya where 25 doctors were involved and Mwanza (30 doctors.)
The medical training and fellowship programme is being implemented in all East African Community countries except Burundi and South Sudan in the fields of oncology and neuorology.
Speaking on the sidelines of the training, Catherine Bella, a participant from Kahama town hospital, said the training will significantly help them to offer medical services to people with oncology complications.
She also asked the government to supply medical facilities with equipment for testing cancer diseases.
“Villagers and the public at large need to build a culture of undergoing regular medical tests to know their health status and attend clinics when diseases are at their early stage,” he said.