Dr. Madhusudan Agrawal, online an Indian businessman has Tuesday offered an open cheque to the Mulago cancer institute to help in buying equipment, buy training doctors and building infrastructure at the facility.
The business man who is also the Uganda ambassador to Mumbai, viagra India is in the country with over 40 Indian investors for an official visit.
While visiting the institute on Tuesday afternoon with the Prime Minister of Uganda, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Agrawal handed over the cheque to Dr Fred Okuku, an oncologist at the cancer institute before asking him to make an assessment of the immediate needs of the institute to determine how much they needed.
“We have already offered a mobile cancer testing machine to Uganda which will be delivered soon. The machine will help in making early detection so that patients can be treated before the cancer becomes worse. The cheque I gave out today will help the institute in covering some expenses that they have at the moment,” Agrawal said.
“My friends and I, under the Tata Memorial Centre of India will continue supporting the institute with training doctors, sharing research and equipping the institute. We want to have a long partnership with the institute,” he added.
Dr. Okuku thanked the businessman and the Prime Minister for the great contribution promising that they would hold an assessment meeting to determine how much funds are needed.
“Mulago cancer institute is the biggest and the busiest in East Africa at the moment with over 4500 patients registered every year. Our biggest challenge remains lack of finances to buy equipment and the medicine plus infrastructure,” said Dr. Okuku.
“Although we are funded by government, any contribution from the private sector is highly appreciated because government cannot do this on its own. We hope that this partnership will see a great improvement in service delivery at the institute and also reduce on the number of people that die from cancer every day in Uganda.”
In his remarks, Dr. Rugunda asked more investors to come and invest in Uganda’s health sector because it is still in need.
He asked young doctors to emulate their elder workmates and equip themselves with the right knowledge on how to handle and treat cancer patients.