The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda flagged off hundreds of participants for the family Cancer awareness walk organised by Nkesiga Cancer Foundation and AAR under the theme “Stronger Together against Cancer” on Saturday at Kololo Airstrip.
PM Rugunda poses for a group photo with the cancer walk participants after the event on Saturday at Kololo Airstrip. Next to the PM is Trevor Ariho MD of AAR Insurance(L) & Rev Diana Nkesig(R) (Photo by PMPU)
The Family Cancer awareness walk was aimed at raising funds to contribute towards the children’s cancer ward in Mulago through the proceeds collected from the sale of the walk tickets.
It also marked the launch of the Nkesiga Cancer Foundation, which was created by Rev Diana Nkesiga in partnership with AAR insurance in memory of Rev. Dr. Solomon Nkesiga who succumbed to gall bladder Cancer in 2015.
Dr Rugunda commended the Foundation and AAR for such a move of contributing towards the fight against cancer through creating and raising awareness.
He said most people succumb to cancer due to lack of information about the disease and how it can be prevented or even detected at an early stage before it becomes dangerous.
The Premier noted that Government is committed to the fight against cancer through all possible means adding that plans are under way to establish regional cancer centres to enable cancer treatment be accessed by everyone.
PM Rugunda chats with former Ethics and Intergrity Minister, Matembe after the Cancer walk and launch of the Nkesiga Cancer foundation at on Saturday at Kololo Airstrip,(L) Rev Diana (Photo by PMPU)
“Government of Uganda will play its role and do its best to support, train and avail treatment to families and everyone else in the most practical way to fight cancer”, Dr Rugunda said.
Hon Rugunda also thanked the different partnerships and the people who have invested their support and efforts in fighting against Cancer urging them to continue with the noble cause through promoting healthy living.
Speaking at the event, Rev Canon Diana Nkesiga, a co-founder of the Nkesige Cancer Foundation in partnership with AAR, said her late husband Solomon Nkesiga did not feel any pain prior to his diagnosis, a factor which causes many people to succumb to cancer even when it could be detected early for treatment.
Rev Diana said the Nkesiga Cancer Foundation aims at helping and supporting those with cancer through creating awareness campaigns, raising funds and also providing solutions that can help address the cancer problem.
“We would like to see each child that comes out of the cancer ward healed as well as improve the survival rate of children suffering from cancer from 20 to about 50 percent through the proceeds collected from this event,” said Rev.Diana.
Trevor Ariho, the General Manger AAR Insurance noted that Cancer is on the rise in Uganda with treatment today being extremely expensive, harmful to the body and with a low success rate of recovery.
“Every passing hour, a person or two dies from cancer, every passing hour a family loses a loved one, therefore we can’t sit down and do nothing,” Ariho said.
The Nkesiga Foundation has also organised free cancer screening at All Saints Cathedral that will be consecutively from the 16th-22nd October 2016.
By Doreen Nasasira