Costing a million dollars, the machine is a donation from the government of India and is expected to revamp radiation treatment at the institute reducing pressure on the existing one that has been serving up to 80 patients a day.
Dr Nixon Niyonzima the laboratory director and head of research and training UCI says that they receive a quarter of the cases that they should be treating at the institute. He attributes the low number of patients seeking treatment to inadequate treatment facilities in the country.
Each year, more than 300,000 children aged below 19 are diagnosed with cancer around the world. Approximately 8 in 10 of these children live in low and middle-income countries where their survival rate is often near 20 percent. This is in stark contrast to high-income countries, where cure rates exceed 80 percent for many common childhood cancers.
Ntagali said the Church was bidding farewell to a man who served the Lord very well. He said the late Bishop Bamwoze was present in the House of Bishops in 1977 when the former Archbishop Janan Luwum was whisked away and killed during the reign of President Idi Amin Dad
The director in charge of evaluation and project development at Nation Planning Authority Moses Sanon Dhizaala, who was among mourners found at the cancer institute says the country has lost one of its greatest sons who longed for the transformation of the rural poor more so in Busoga where he served devotedly.
Until last month, patients at the Uganda Cancer institute received services at no cost. However, they are now required to pay up to 300,000 for radiotherapy treatment. Under the procedure, radioactive waves are used to kill cancer cells and to stop them from spreading all over the body, usually in combination with a collection of medicines.
Dr Jackson Orem, the Executive Director of the Cancer Institute announced last week that the radiotherapy machine had recorded a software error. According to the institute, a software problem stopped the machine from being able to rotate. Though the machine can still function, a decision to halt treatment was made to avoid any further damage.
Their records indicate that the incidence rate of cancer has increased from 400 new cases in 2015 to 490 in 2015 and 512 cases in 2017. The disease is estimated to be affecting 7,000 children in Uganda today. The most common cancers in children are cancers that affect the muscles, kidneys and lymph nodes.
Dr Medad Karyoko Ebyarimpa, a healthcare practitioner attached to Ntinda Medical Centre says that although cancer can easily be detected through both evasive and non-evasive procedures, most of the cases are detected long after they have spread far away from the origin into other organs of the body.
Dr. Ajeani says that when cancer patients cannot access the right kind of medication that they need, so many of them are left helpless with no other option but to procure the drugs from elsewhere.On the open market, cancer medication ranges from Ugx 45,000 to 500,000 a month depending the type of cancer being treated and what regimen of drugs is being used.
The Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi has treated 102 cancer patients since the breakdown of the radiotherapy machine at the Uganda Cancer Institute-Mulago. The treatment at Agha Khan University Hospital in Kenya would have cost cost close to 700 million Shillings. However, the patients were not charged under the partnership.
Dr. Jackson Orem, Director Uganda Cancer Institute said that treatment of the fist patient in Uganda once the new machine is brought is expected to be in July. Following the breakdown, there were more cries for cancer patients in the country, Government committed to sending cancer patients to Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.