The Nigerian Ambassador to Russia, prof. Abdullahi Shehu, accompanied by the chairman of NIDOE Russia, Mr. Uwem-edimo Sampson and other notable individuals visited the Proton Therapy Center of the Medical Institute, Sergey Berezina (MIBS) in St. Petersburg last week. Dr. Arkady Stolpner, Chairman of the Board of the MIBS, conducted a tour for the guests, familiarizing them in details with the history and features of the project.
The first MIBS proton therapy center in Russia, equipped with a plant manufactured by Varian Medical Systems (USA), was built in 4 years, which is very fast for facilities of this level of technological complexity, Arkady Stolpner emphasized. He led the guests through the engineering zones, demonstrating the most sophisticated equipment that ensures the operation of the proton center. The thickness of the walls and ceilings in some places of the bunker specially built for the installation of the cyclotron reaches 4.5 meters, 6 kilometers of communication channels have been laid in the concrete thickness through which more than 60 kilometers of electric cables of various diameters are stretched, Dr. Stolpner told the guests.
The tour ended with an inspection of one of the treatment room with gentry, where radiation treatment of patients with protons is carried out. After talking about the benefits of proton therapy in the complex treatment of cancer, Dr. Arkady Stolpner and Amb. Abdullahi Shehu discussed the possibilities of cooperation between the MIBS and the Nigerian healthcare system, primarily in terms of sending Nigerian children with cancer to St. Petersburg to undergo proton therapy.
This visit was one of the programs that was scheduled for Business Accelerator forum jointly organized by the Russian Business Accelerator and NIDO Russia.