Why the Uganda needs a national cancer control plan

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From left Dr. Noleb Mugisha from UCI and Mr. Richard Baguma Tinkasimire from UHCA talking about the NCCP

By Ronald Kabuye

Uganda cancer society, cancer institute and cancer control advocates are currently developing a national cancer control plan NCCP with aim of giving an opportunity to everyone to participate in the fight against cancer.

According to Dr. Noleb Mugisha the coordinator of the draft of the national cancer control plan ,  60% of the cancer burden is caused by infections while the 40% is caused by life style which are avoidable.

The NCCP will streamline prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, palliative care and survivor-ship based on data, evidence, research, evaluation and stakeholder support hence reduced cancer risky, earlier cancer detection, improved palliative care and increased quality of life.
In this national cancer control plan, cancer services are going to be extended to the communities and make information understandable and reach  everyone irrespective of the gender, age and status.
The NCCP is expected to be ready by June this year, then go through procedures for approval before its implementation for five years from the 2020/2021.
Meanwhile the national coordinator of Uganda Health Communication Alliance UHCA Richard Baguma Tinkasimire urged the media to embrace the campaigns about cancer diseases since no body is immune to them.
He also called for increased resources or funding towards Uganda Cancer institute since its less funded yet very expensive especially in terms of treatment.

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