Cancer institute’ budget increased to 8.4bn, 21,829 lost life in 2018

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Dr. Charles Olara with Dr. Jackson Oryem cutting a commitment ribbon at the world cancer day. Photo by Ronald Kabuye

By Ronald Kabuye
In a bide to fight cancer diseases in the country, the ministry of health has increased the budget for the Uganda Cancer Institute UCI for 2019-2020 to 8.4 billion shillings.
This has been revealed by the director clinical services in the ministry of health Dr Charles Olara who represented the minister of health at the commemoration of the world cancer day held under the theme “Iam, I will” at KCCA play grounds in lugogo Nakawa division.
Dr. Olara said they have also made cancer treatment available at the rate of almost 100% and that the cancer control master plan is also almost complete.

From Left Dr. Jackson Oryem, Dr. Charles Olara and mrs Margaret Okello Nyeko during the world cancer day. Photo by Ronald Kabuye

He also urged the public to make it their own responsibility to avoid and address cancer risky factors by not drinking alcohol, smoking or taking any form of tobacco.
Others include eating healthy foods, doing physical exercise and going for routine check ups.
Dr. Gerald Mutungi, the head of Non Communicable Diseases at the ministry called for a specific budget for non communicable diseases since they are the leading cause of death.
The executive director of Uganda Cancer Institute UCI, DR. Jackson Oryem requested government and the ministry of health to enforce cancer sensitization messages, put prevention, control and treatment at the fore front since cancer requires proper response.
It should be noted that cancer is responsible for one in every six deaths while globally cancer Kills 9.6 million people annually.
Last year, 21,829 lost their lives out of the  32,617 patients that were registered at the cancer institute.
Statistics further indicate that 30-50% and 30% cancers are preventable and cured respectively.

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