The East African Development Bank in partnership with the British Council and the Royal College of Physicians has conducted yet another training of selected medical practitioners in Western Uganda.
The training which took place in Mbarara, is part of a medical training programme that EADB is carrying out across 4 East African countries aimed at curbing the increasing dangers of Cancer while also sensitizing communities in these countries.
EADB wants to train 600 medical professionals within a period of 4 years, to specialize in the treatment of cancer and neurological disorders.
Dr. Abrahams Omoding, a Specialist Medical Oncologist with the Uganda Cancer Institute and also one of the programme trainers says that Cancer now kills more people than HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined.
“Although the signs and symptoms of the disease are still not well-known in many communities, there have been tremendous efforts to sensitize people and train medical practitioners in early identification of cancer cases” he added.
The EADB Medical Training and Fellowship Programme (METAF) is an EADB initiative to build capacity in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda in the fields of neurology and oncology.
“Through the Medical Training and Fellowship Programme, EADB aims to increase capacity towards early detection, research and access to treatment of cancer and neurological disorders by increasing the number, quality and deployment of medical doctors in public service with specialty training in the treatment cancer and neurological disorders of in the East Africa region”
This is the fourth training taking place in Uganda. It follows similar trainings that were held St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya, at the Uganda Cancer Institute, Mulago in 2016 and in Soroti earlier this year. Other trainings have also taken place in Kenya and Tanzania.
There has been a recorded increase in the number of cancer patients in the region, and close to 80% of these patients find out when the cancer is in its late stages.
“This course is key in down staying late cancer detection. By training the doctors on the most important information on the signs and symptoms of cancer, we shall improve the ability to identify cancers at an early stage.” said Dr. Omoding.
Doctors who attended the medical training programme in Mbarara were in agreement for an increased need of such trainings across the region.