Uganda: Premier Assures House on Regional Cancer Centres – African Business
Rt. Hon Robinah Nabbanja has assured members that the planned regional cancer treatment centers will be operational by the 2025/2026 financial years, as per the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI plan).
Nabbanja was responding to a question raised during the Prime Minister’s Time during plenary sitting chaired by Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa, on Thursday, 22 September 2022.
Hon. Kumi district woman MP Christine Apolot, asked the Premier to inform the House on government’s undertaking to establish regional cancer centres.
Nabbanja, who is also the Leader in Government Business, stated that the Northern Uganda Regional Cancer Centre (Gulu District) is close to completion and that handover is expected by the end.
“Equipment has been shipped and on-site, awaiting installation. The project for the regional centre in Gulu was approved by Parliament in 2020,” she said.
She said that feasibility studies for the Eastern Uganda and Western Uganda regional cancer centers in Mbale, and Mbarara districts, respectively were completed.
She stated that concepts for both projects were submitted to the development committee at the finance ministry.
“In the meantime, the UCI has commenced work on start-up structures in Mbale in order to have a skeleton service while awaiting a comprehensive project that will accommodate all the cancer services,” said Nabbanja.
She also said that Mbarara still has a very active service for cancer care, second only after the Kampala service. It has seen over 3,000 patients in the past financial year.
“This has been achieved using available infrastructure, equipment and human resource,” she said.
Nabbanja said that basic cancer prevention and early detection services were established in North Western Uganda’s Arua district, using the existing infrastructure and equipment. The UCI is still waiting for funding.
UCI’s plan is to establish regional cancer centers in Eastern, Northern and Western Uganda, to address increasing cancer burden and decongest Uganda Cancer Institute, which is located at Mulago National Referral Hospital.
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