A brand new pediatric cancer ward was yesterday commissioned at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.
The unit was opened by officials from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the US in partnership with a young pediatric oncologist from the Hospital’s Global Health initiative.
The interim director MGH Global Health Pat Doust said this was an initiative of a young man named James Mooney from Boston who once visited Mbarara and was moved by many children he saw suffering from cancer.
“I am representing MGH at the his launch, pharm thanks to the generosity of a young man, James Mooney and his family who mobilized for the construction of this structure,” Pat Doust said
While launching the cancer ward, the commissioner in charge of planning from the Ministry of Health Sarah Byakika noted that government secured a soft loan of €100million from the Austrian Government to put up a cancer institute at the regional Mbarara regional referral hospital.
“Putting up the cancer infrastructure is not the end, we are looking at having qualified and skilled workers being in place to provide quality services; so we have come with a delegation from the Austrian government who are willing to support us in terms of a soft loan of about a hundred million Euros to be able to put up an oncologist centre in this region” she said.
She said the institute will be providing services and also training specialists and cadres who are very critical in providing cancer services.
She said that the presence of the facility in Mbarara will enable people to early screening for cancer medication to kick cancer out of the country.