The Uganda Cancer Institute-UCI has set up a cervical cancer screening and treatment clinic at Jinja regional referral hospital.
The institute's pilot project will involve equipping nurses with skills on cervical cancer screening and treatment and also sensitize the public on how to detect the different types of cancers.
The clinic will also boost Kigandalo Health Center IV cervical cancer unit where women are screened but fail to access treatment in Mulago hospital due to lack of funds.
Christine Namulindwa, the UCI spokesperson, 9 out of 10 cervical cancer cases reported at Jinja referral hospital are not treated at Mulago because victims have a poor attitude towards receiving treatment far away from their homes.
Namulindwa adds that UCI will equip the hospital theatre with medical equipment suitable for cancer surgeries.
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Dr Edward Nkurunziza, the Hospital Director, says that the cancer clinic will reduce the number of cervical cancer referrals and in turn save the patients' time and money spent in search for treatment.
“This development will not only reduce on the referrals but also the patients' time and money spent while travelling to access treatment in Mulago hospital,” Nkurunziza states.
Cervical Cancer is one of the silent killers yet most of its' victims are not treated and according to the ministry of health report, only 16% out of every 4000 women diagnosed with this cancer seek medical attention.