New cancer ward lies idle

Kampala- Six months after the completion of construction works for the new cancer ward at the Uganda Cancer Institute, the facility has remained idle with no funds to procure equipment and furniture.

The 200-bed capacity modern building was completed last August by the government to decongest old facilities and create more space for the increasing number of cancer patients.

Dr Jackson Oryem, the director at the institute, on Tuesday said they were seeking Shs25b to equip the centre with modern equipment for cancer treatment.

“Most of the money needed procures equipment mainly the one we do not have, including the radiotherapy. We are currently using the one at Mulago hospital but we need one that is dedicated to cancer patients,” he said.

ActionThe Minister for Health, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, said the ministry would submit a request for the money in the next financial year 201415.

Dr Charles Olenyi, the chairman board of directors at the cancer Institute, appealed to the minister to quicken the process of granting the institute full autonomy as well as prioritising cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Source: Daily Monitor

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