CAN extends services to include weekends

WINDHOEK: The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) has extended its cancer treatment services to include weekends at House Acacia, the interim home for cancer patients, as of 01 February 2024.

Previously, cancer treatments at House Acacia were halted on weekends and patients were discharged. The service is for cancer patients who live outside Windhoek but receive treatment in the capital.

In an interview with Nampa on Sunday, CAN CEO Rolf Hansen stated that the country’s cancer patient population has increased dramatically, which has prompted the decision.

He stated that other care homes, including privately-owned ones, operate on weekends, thus it only made sense for CAN to join in and assist more patients rather than turn them away on weekends.

”After consultation with medical stakeholders during 2023, it became evident that treatment plans must now continue seven days a week as cancer patient numbers have surged dramatically, and we must adapt our support programmes to accommodate our patients subseque
ntly too,” Hansen explained.

Accommodation includes three meals per day and transportation to treatment facilities.

He said that financially vulnerable Namibians are invited to apply for accommodation assistance at the CAN headquarters in Windhoek or through the CAN website.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency