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Ugandan Government To Take 400 Cancer Patients To Kenya For Treatment

Following the breakdown of the country’s sole radiotherapy machine at Mulago National Referral Hospital, Government has selected 400 patients to be taken to Kenya for treatment. The Ministry of Health this week entered a deal with Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi to offer radiotherapy services to the selected patients.

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The development was announced Thursday afternoon by the Junior Health Minister Chris Baryomunsi while appearing before the parliament’s plenary.

The Minister found himself in the eye of the storm as legislators one by one demanded for updates from the Mulago Cancer Institute, where hundreds of patients have been left stranded following the collapse of their main source of relief.

“Two days ago we buried a priest who died because he couldn’t access his round of radiotherapy,” charged Hon Alice Alaso, the Serere District Woman MP. An angry Hon. Paul Mwiru had a more lurid suggestion.

Government should place an embargo so that the rich are not allowed to go out for Radiotherapy outside the country.

That way Government will expedite the process of acquiring a new Radiotherapy machine.” When summoned on the floor of parliament by the Speaker, Minister Baryomunsi told the House that government had decided to come to the rescue of the stranded patients who urgently need radiotherapy services, by striking a deal with Kenya.

He noted that government will also provide transport and upkeep for the 400 patients through the duration of the treatment. The Health Minister promised to publish the full list of the  patients selected for this opportunity.

Baryomunsi however, complained that the matter of radiotherapy machine breakdown has been exaggerated by social media. “There is no need for alarm,” he added.

He called for patience as the ministry embarks of erecting a new bunker of the radiotherapy machine which was procured in 2013.

Source: chimpreports

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