By Jumah Kakomo
The Uganda cancer institute (UCI) is set to re-treat radiotherapy patients at Mulago National referral hospital towards the end of July this year after a year since the breakdown of the radiotherapy machine at Mulago national referral hospital.
While interfacing with the media at Mulago hospital Kampala, the executive director Uganda cancer institute (UCI)Dr. Jackson Oryem, , revealed that the machine was already purchased sometimes back and is anticipated to arrive in the country within the next three weeks from Czech Republic were shipped from.
Dr. Oryem said that the machine has cost them 73400 Euros with both government and the International Atomic Agency contributing similar amounts adding that by the end of this year, the Linear Accelerator Machine which detects cancer will also be procured.
He added that since the breakdown of radiotherapy machine, Uganda cancer institute has referred 125 radiotherapy patients to Agakhan hospital Nairobi, Kenya out of 400 who were asked to receive treatment from this hospital, and have registered 2 deaths of radiotherapy patients.
Asked over the authentication of herbal cancer medicine across the country, Oryem said that this needs thorough research to make recommendation which has not yet made.