Uganda Cancer Institute Radiotherapy Machine
Uganda Cancer Institute has today 21st November 2017 revelled the radiotherapy machine to the media and the public. Speaking at the press briefing and tour organised at the Radiotherapy department the Executive Director Uganda cancer Institute thanked the various teams , authorities and countries that have worked together tirelessly to ensure that the services resume.
In a special way he thanked the Government of Uganda for committing funds to purchase this machine and also renovate the bunker were the machine is housed. He also thanked UCI Management for ably handling the crisis stating that it’s one of those crisis that have been well handled and properly managed in the country at large.
The parts of the machine reached the Uganda Cancer Institute premises on16th August 2017 and on 17th August 2017, the machine was offloaded and unveiled to the public in the presence of the Atomic Energy Council, the governing body of Nuclear use in the Country.
Dr. Orem added that the process has taken long since all procedures as stated by IAEA were followed right from installation, testing, commissioning and training of users. UCI is working with the Atomic Energy Council on the licencing process, immediately after all legal procedures have been met services will resume.
He added that Radiotherapy treatment is one of the key treatments in cancer and restoration of these services is going to bring a tremendous improvement of cancer care in this country emphasizing that full cancer treaments at the UCI are given at a free cost including radiotherapy.
He thanked the UCI team that has worked day and night to ensure that these services are restored. Early last year Uganda’s Teretherapy Machine at the UCI broke down something that led to some patients being referred to Nairobi for the Teretherapy. Patients receiving treatment at Mulago were referred to Agha Khan Hospital in Nairobi Kenya.
UCI celebrated it’s Golden Jubilee this year. The Institute which opened its doors to Cancer Care, Research and Treatment in August 1967 and contributed to some of the key fundermental innovations in cancer care such as combination chemotherapy is set to rise to greater horizons with a current leadership and favourable political will with prospects such as setting up regional cancer centres, East Africa’s Oncology Centre of Excellency and improvement of cancer treatment such as bone marrow transplant.
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