By Ronald Kabuye
Civil societies advocating for control and eradication of cancer in Uganda have appealed to government and responsible bodies to quickly finalize the National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP) and incorporate it into the National Development Plan III in order to streamline the interventions towards cancer control.
Addressing journalists at Ntinda, the National coordinator of Uganda Health Communication Alliance, Richard Baguma Tinkasimiire said the NCCP if finalized and implemented it will reduce cancer incidence and mortality and improve quality of life of cancer patients, through systematic and equitable implementation of evidence- based strategies for prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and palliation while making the best use of available resources.
“we think that the cost that cancer is costing this country, the inadequate action, the lack of prioritization of cancer control is costing this country a lot yet it shouldn’t because we can intervene and make useful control.’ Said Baguma
Baguma said its high time government put resources to early detection, sensitization, awareness and education to have people live longer in a better-quality life and therefore have less devastation on families since it takes a lot of bread winners.
He added that the above is well encompassed in the NCCP which has been in draft form for so long thus a need to urgently finalize it.
Cancer is one of the most common NCDs in Uganda caused by different risk factors. Annually, over 5,000 cases are registered at the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) but huge numbers go unregistered.