Dr. Jackson Orem, Senior Consultant Oncology and UCI Executive Director says the cancer prevention efforts, community sensitization and mobilization must be increased in Uganda to fight against cancer among children.
Dr Robert Wangoda, a consultant General Surgeon at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital ays that majority of the patients report to the facility with stage IV cancer after spending years on herbal medicine.
Aceng says that the hospital has since increased the offer to 10,000 doses to cater for the treatment of 400 patients. Each patient requires 30 doses while children need 20 doses to be able to kill cancer cells.
The group has submitted a three billion Shillings proposal to Jinja Municipal Council for the construction of a 30-bed facility. It will be built on a 2.5 acre piece of land at Walukuba Health Centre IV in Walukuba-Masese division.
According to the auditor generalâ€™s report ending 30th June 2011, the treasury released 2.2 billion shillings in the 2010/2011 financial year for the purchase of a cobalt machine to aid the treatment of cancer patients.
Cancer specialists argue that a number of parents take long to screen their children for cancer, when they start falling sick, because they lack information on the disease and cannot access services for accurate diagnosis.
Lacor Hospital in Gulu has shut down the only clinic that offers treatment to cancer patients in the entire region. Dr. Cyprian Opira, the hospital Executive Director, explains that the management of the hospital was forced to shut down the cancer treatment center because of a technical breakdown in the therapy unit.