By Ronald Kabuye
Government through the ministry of health, Uganda Cancer Institute, Makerere University among other activists have have launched the new integrated fellowship program to fight cancerous cases especially in women.
The fellowship dubbed “Gynecology Onocology Fellowship program” is aimed at training specialized various experts with techniques, diagnosizing, treating and management procedures, such as surgery on reproductive organs, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Speaking during the launch held in Kampala, the minister of health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, who was represented by the Director General of health services at the ministry of health, Prof Dr Anthony Mbonye, said that an MoU between the member state actors in achieving the program was signed were various support is to be endowed in training, capacity building and health professional training in Uganda shall be held to help in cancerous challenges in women.
According to recent research, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths in Uganda in women, with statistics showing 3,915 Ugandan women diagnosed with the disease every year, but about 2,160 end up dying annually.
According to the program more emphasis shall be placed on cervical cancer, however Uganda Cancer Institute figures show that an alarming burden is more in an ovarian cancer in the Ugandan population yet this was predominantly in high income countries.
Prof Dr Mbonye said that the program shall also improve health systems in cancer treatment, infrastructure enhancement, establishment of a national gynecological disease registry and fostering multi displinary across sector among others.
He however raised a concern of the limited funding in the sector thus pleaded to the experts to accept working under a tireless condition in order to save the lives of Ugandans.
Meanwhile Dr Jackson Oryem, the executive director of the Uganda National refferral Cancer Institute – Mulago, said that the Program has been allocated about 34 million dollars grant forn African Development Bank to run the required activities.
He also noted that the program is to start by training 4 technocrats who some of them were initially trained abroad but now are being trained locally.