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Cancer Patients commence radio-therapy treatment
At least 80 patients are attended to per day. George Kanyike, head of the radiotherapy department at the Uganda Cancer Institute, Mulago hospital says this number is likely to rise after the machine is commissioned next week.

Joyce Kabasita Amooti, a 59-year-old who resides in Kyenjonjo had abdominal pains which she treated locally but in 2006 the pain worsened.

 

Doctors in Fort portal hospital referred her to Mulago hospital where she discovered she had cancer of the cervix. 

Amooti was receiving treatment until the radiotherapy machine crashed in April 2016.

 

She says was also on the list of those who were to be taken to the Aga Khan hospital in Nairobi but she opted to stay here. 

The new radiotherapy machine arrived in August 2017 but only fully started work last month after the bunker to the house the machine was refurbished. 

 

At least 80 patients are attended to per day, and Kanyike says this number is likely to rise after the machine is commissioned next week. 

The Uganda Cancer Institute Executive Director Dr. Jackson Orem says more than 2bn shillings has been spent, but the department is still highly under-staffed. 

At least 150 patients were referred to Nairobi, but it is hoped that with the Cobalt 60 radiotherapy machine in operation, this treatment can be carried out here.  and now that the cobalt 6o machine has been restored the referrals will set stop.

 

Dr. Orem says there is a plan to have a regional center of excellence.

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