Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has highlighted the need for more cancer testing facilities in the country as a way of early diagnoses and reduction on cases of people dying from cancer.
Hon Kadaga said cancer has become a common indiscriminative killer for the young and the old hence the need to put in place measures to control it.
“One of the biggest challenges that Uganda has in the control of cancer is late checkups. People go to the hospital when it is too late for the cancer to be cured. If we had more testing facilities that are easily accessible, we would have made a big step towards prevention and control of cancer” the Speaker said
Hon Kadaga was speaking at the official launch of the 8th edition of 2019 Rotary Cancer Run at Nsambya hospital.
The run will be held on 25th August at Kololo independence grounds and other 40 major towns across the country.
Kadaga also broke ground for the construction of the construction of cancer treatment machine bunkers at Nsambya Hospital, that will be sponsored by Rotary club and its partners.
She pledged support from members of Parliament towards the cause
This year’s run is expected to bring in Shs1b
Speaking at the launch, the Chair of Uganda’s Rotary Cancer Program Stephen Mwanje said there is need to create more awareness around Cancer as most Ugandans still think it’s a rare disease for a few people
It is expected that this year, the run will attract over 50,000 runners across the country to raise part of the approximately Shs 18b to build the bunkers and equip them with linear accelerators. Approximately Shs 1.6b has been raised so far since 2015. We call upon all Ugandans and all corporate to participate and support this cause because cancer can affect anyone” he said.