The Uganda Cancer Institute, starting Friday, is hosting more than 600 delegates to discuss the challenges Uganda is facing in fighting Cancer and the opportunities available to manage the disease better.
The conference is one of the activities to celebrate 50 years since the Uganda Cancer Institute started operations.
It will run for two days ending 25 August 2017.
The conference which was opened by Prime Minister Hon Ruhakana Rugunda at Speke Resort Munyonyo is running under the theme “From Prevention to end of life care”.
While dressing the gathering, Rugunda said the goverment is coming up with new inittiatives to fight the disease in Uganda.
“If a gap is identified,let us know (goverment) and we shall fill it. We are also planning to set up regional cancer centers to cater for the raising cancer burden,” said Rugunda.
“I also congratulate the Uganda Cancer Institute upon reaching 50 years of existance. I once again to commit goverment support in the fight against cancer.”
Dr. Jackson Orem, the Executive Director Uganda Cancer Institute, told the gathering the conference will provide a platform for the entire world to discuss the cancer challenges and the opportunities available for better management of the disease.
“The conference therefore is aimed at facilitating and sharing of knowledge and learning the best practices in managing cancer,” said Orem.
“It therefore goes without saying that this meeting is timely and will enhance better medical practices at the local as well as continental and international levels,” he emphasized.
Experts argue that cancer management in Uganda and Africa as a whole has suffered from a host of challenges largely caused by shortage of skilled and experienced professionals, lack of awareness among the public and insufficient budgets.
Dr Orem also noted that the cancer scourge is on the rise in Uganda.
He said Uganda Cancer Institute receives over 200 patients daily.
“The disease is on the rise in this country. So we have to seek many alternatives to manage it. One of them is conferencing like we are here today. This arrangement comes with many brains and if put together, we shall achieve a lot,” he observed.
Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) is an autonomous public, specialized, tertiary care medical facility established by an Act of Parliament.
The cancer treatment, research, and teaching center is affiliated to Makerere University School of Medicine and Mulago Hospital Complex – the teaching hospital for the medical school.
UCI maintains an inpatient facility with a capacity of 100 beds.
It attends to an average of about 200 patients daily.