SINGAPORE - Ain Society will open a second cancer centre in Haig Road to accommodate more patients seeking social therapy and counselling services.
The new centre, to be ready in early 2018, will occupy the former site of the PAP Community Foundation Education Centre in the void deck of Block 9, Haig Rd.
The charity's Eunos centre has seen an increase in the number of cancer patients using their services, rising from 400 in 2016 to 600 this year, said its president Abdul Malek Osman. As a result, they have been running out of space.
Mr Abdul Malek, speaking at the charity's annual dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday (Oct 26), said: "I am pleased to announce that with the support from both our Medical Advisor, Assoc Prof Fatimah Lateef, and the Ministry of Social and Family Development, we are given additional space to expand our programme so that we can serve more people in our community."
The 350 sq m facility, while roughly the same size as the existing one in Block 2, Eunos Crescent, will be more spacious as it contains fewer obstructing pillars. This means there would be more room for activities such as dance therapy, Ain Society's chief executive Haji Md Yusof Ismail told The Straits Times.
He said the $300,000 facility will contain counselling rooms, a multi-purpose hall, a children's play area, as well as a resource room with books that cancer patients can consult.
Ain Society provides cancer-stricken patients and their families with financial assistance, counselling, classes and workshops. It also conducts active ageing programmes for the elderly.
The charity has benefited more than 30,000 people since its inception in 2000.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in Singapore. According to the Singapore Cancer Registry Annual Registry Report 2015, cancer accounted for 29.7 per cent of deaths in 2015.
It was estimated that the lifetime risk for developing cancer in the Singapore population is approximately one for every four to five people.
This figure is likely to go up as the population ages and more cancer patients live longer thanks to better medical treatment.