Queen Letizia of Spain and HRH Princess Lalla Salma, chairwoman of the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, visited on Tuesday the Sheikha Fatma Centre for Gynaecological-Mammary Oncology at the National Oncology Institute affiliated to the Ibn Sina University Hospital in Rabat.
On this occasion, Queen Letizia and HRH Princess Lalla Salma toured the facility and were given details on the different services it offers.
They also followed a presentation by the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, given by deputy director of the foundation Maria Bennani.
Inaugurated in June 2013, the Sheikha Fatma Centre has received 2,600 cases and carried out 660 surgeries including 60% for breast cancer, said director of the center Mohamed Jawad Belahcen in a statement to the press.
This center of excellence is among top health facilities in terms of providing specialized health care for Gynaecological-Mammary cancers as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, he said, recalling that the center has a capacity of 30 beds.
The construction of the new center, which spans on 5,190 square meters, has mobilized a budget of 58 million dirhams, including 43 million dirhams as a contribution by the Lalla Salma Foundation and 15 million dirhams from the Ministry of Health and the Ibn Sina Hospital.
The center consists of five levels: a central pharmacy, a unit of 7 consultation rooms and a colposcopy room, a gynecological-mammary cancer surgery room, a hospitalization ward and a research unit.
The different units of the center are expected to accommodate 20,000 annual medical consultations, 650 surgeries and 1,200 hospitalizations.