The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has commissioned the new Cobalt-60 Radiotherapy Machine at the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI).
Dr. Rugunda said restoration of radiotherapy services in the country is an important step in overcoming a major crisis that had affected Uganda’s capacity to manage cancer.
The Prime Minister saluted the Ministry of Health and Uganda Cancer Institute for effectively working with partners such as International Atomic Energy Agency and others to restore radiotherapy services which will enhance the health sector.
He said the restoration of the radiotherapy services at Uganda Cancer Institute will enable early detection and prompt treatment of cancer in the Country.
“The economic burden of cancer for Uganda is also high. Majority of our cancer patients are relatively young compared to those in developed countries,” said the Premier.
Dr Rugunda said cancer is the leading cause of death in the world today, which heavily impedes on the economic development of the countries.
The Premier thanked International Atomic Energy Agency and other partners for providing technical and financial support to Uganda in the process of restoring the radiotherapy services and ongoing construction of the Radiotherapy bunkers.
The Premier called upon Uganda Cancer Institute to continue focusing on research, innovation and building partnerships to realize its vision of becoming the East African Oncology center of excellence.
He also thanked the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya who offered to Treat 400 patients at no cost to Uganda when the cancer machine broke down.
The Minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng said the Ministry of health and International Atomic Energy Agency closely worked together in the restoration process of the radiotherapy services.
Aceng explained the causes of the delay in the restoration process and also noted that new recommendations to improve infrastructure and services at Uganda Cancer Institute have been made.
The Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency, Ambassador Yukiya Amano said International Atomic Energy Agency helps developing countries build nuclear science and Technology to support their social service sectors according to the country’s priority.
He said the International Atomic Energy Agency will continue supporting Uganda to develop its nuclear infrastructure.
The Premier and Ambassador Amano also had a guided tour of the 4 Radiotherapy bunkers and 2 branchytherapy bunkers under construction at the Uganda cancer institute.
January 23, 2018