June 08, 2017
PM Rugunda and Uganda’s Honarary Consul to Mumbai-India,Mr Madhusudan Agrawal(4thL in black suit) pose for a group photo with some of the Mulago Cancer Institute staff members (Photo by PMPU)
The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has called upon the public to mobilize funds to facilitate the struggle against cancer. He said the public financial contributions to the Uganda Cancer Institute will also consolidate its position as a regional center of excellence in East Africa.
The Premier made the remarks during his visit to Mulago Cancer Institute where he was accompanied by the Honorary Consul of Uganda to Mumbai in India, Madhusudan Agrawal. He commended the medical workers at the facility for the great work they were doing amidst challenges.
Dr Rugunda noted that the Honorary Consul’s visit to the institute will open many opportunities for Uganda to do excellent work in the region.
The Honorary Consul, Madhusudan Agrawal pledge to support the Mulago Cancer Institute and also promised to donate a mobile Mammography van. He said the support initiative will be done under the Tata Memorial Foundation, which was formed after Tata lost his wife to cancer.
He noted that the government incurs huge debts on cancer treatments abroad. ‘We need to know what is required to enable the Cancer institute handle patients locally to reduce on huge costs incurred on treatment abroad’, Mr Madhusudan said.
The mobile Mammography Van contains an examination and consulting table to enable medical workers to perform surgery, administer pap smear, undertake breast cancer screening and testing in the field.
PM Rugunda (R) and Mr Madhusudan(L)admire a bell in the children’s cancerwing that is sounded whenever there is call for celebration in the ward, during their visit at Mulago Cancer Institute
BY DOREEN NASASIRA