Rugunda: Government Committed to Fighting Cancer

Rugunda cuts a tape for the ground breaking ceremony.

Uganda’s Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda reiterated government’s commitment to fighting cancer among Ugandan’s, there contrary to reports of negligence over the deadly disease.

Dr. Rugunda made the remarks on Monday morning during the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of 6 new radiotherapy bunkers at the Uganda Cancer Institute at Mulago hospital.

“We have increased funding from Shs. 2bn in 2009 budget to over shs41bn in the next budget to the Uganda Cancer Institute. I assure Ugandans of our continued commitment to fight cancer contrary to media reports about the matter, pills ” Rugunda said on Monday.

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He said that as part of the efforts to fight cancer, visit this government will provide modern equipment to be put in the bunkers when construction ends, and that despite the limited funds; government has always made efforts to spearhead the fight against the cancer scourge.

“Cancer kills more people around the world than Tuberculosis, HIV and malaria combined hence the need to ensure we fight the scourge. There are financial challenges but I am happy government is trying to address the problem.”

The leader of government business in parliament said they have finalised plans to have cancer facilities at regional levels starting with Mbarara, Gulu, Arua and Mbale in the first phase and these will help decongest the cancer institute at Mulago.

“Our country is still developing and not yet where we want it to be but we need to support out health workers .We should not put them under pressure considering the conditions they are working in,” Rugunda urged.

According to the Health Minister Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, they have contacted the International Atomic Energy Agency in a bid to start the process of purchasing a new radiotherapy machine that will be put in the bunker where the previous machine that broke down was housed.

On the Shs 25bn 6 bunkers, Dr. Tumwesigye said it an indicator of government’s efforts to fight cancer in the country.

“In the next 5 years we shall be able to deal with any cancer case without necessarily having to go abroad,” the Health Minister said.

He said government is now engaged in investing in cancer prevention, treatment, research and training as by the World Health Organization.

The minister said that many people die of cancer because they have not been diagnosed  for them to be able to get treatment.

The Uganda Cancer Institute Director Dr. Jackson Orem  however, said they country needs over 40 bunkers to fully be able to fight the cancer scourge in the country.

The Prime Minister also opened the new six level cancer building with over 100 beds.



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