This last summer in August, the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, called for the decentralization of cancer screening and treatment from the cancer unit in Mulago.
Ms Kadaga made the call while commissioning and handing over a cancer treatment ward at Jinja hospital. The ward was refurbished with the initiative of Twegaite International Organization.
“It is very important that we start lobbying for cancer screening centers at regional level to save a patient from as far as Karamoja the challenge of having to travel to Mulago national referral hospital for treatment,” she said.
Ms Kadaga, who is also the patron of the association, commended the group for remembering home and promoting health services in the region.
The president of Twegaite International, Tony Isubikalu, said work on the ward began in 2013, with renovations on a formerly abandoned eye clinic. He said the ward is well furnished and has capacity to accommodate 50 patients.
The State of Cancer Treatment in Uganda
About 45,000 cancer patients receive treatment at the Uganda Cancer Institute in Kampala, with about 200-patient visits per day, according to records at the institute.