In the presence of Bolivian President Luis Arce, Argentina’s Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Daniel Filmus, and other authorities of both countries, nuclear medicine center built by the company Invap in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
The facility is similar to the facility that has been in operation in the city of El Alto since the beginning of the year and which a network with a third center which will be launched in La Paz next year, in accordance with a contract signed by Invap in 2018, for a total investment of $150.7 million.
With the sale of this equipment –suitable for the diagnosis and treatment of oncological diseases– The Bariloche-based company is strengthening its leadership as a technology exporter, in this case targeting a neighboring country that has an interest in developing its own nuclear power capabilities as well.
As reported by Invap, the Santa Cruz center (same as the Alto center) makes available to the health services “two linear accelerators, a complete brachytherapy room, a simulator tomography, a dosimetry laboratory, medical equipment for diagnosis and a chemotherapy area”.
The available technology will make it possible to provide the assisted population with very specific and demanded health services, such as: early diagnosis of oncological, cardiac, neurological diseases, in addition to offering “radiation therapies” and chemotherapy.
In addition, the complex inaugurated today is designed to function as a “school center” for the training of Bolivian professionals in nuclear medicine and to work in a network with the other two centers built by Invap in that country.
Also present at the event were the Bolivian Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energy, Franlin Molina, the Minister of Health and Sports, Jeyson Ausa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rogelio Mayta, and the Executive Director of the Bolivian Nuclear Energy Agency, Hortensia Jiménez.
In addition to Filmus, the President of the National Atomic Energy Commission, Adriana Sarquis, and the manager of Invap’s Technological Integration Services, Juan Carlos Rodríguez, participated on behalf of Argentina.
The signed contract four years ago between Invap and the Bolivian agency includes the comprehensive design, construction and equipment of the three centers, their start-up, training of “human resources”, advice from local professionals, “remote support” and advice for “sustainable” management, as reported by Invap.
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