Leaders and health experts in western Uganda have challenged the government and partners to allocate enough resources for better services in the fight against cancer.
Hon. Rosemary Nyakikongoro, the Sheema district Woman Member of Parliament says that failure by the government to equip all regional referral hospitals with cancer testing and treatment machines frustrates the fight against cancer as cases are increasing.
While speaking at the cancer survivors’ day held at Kabwohe playground in Sheema on June 22, 2023, she also called upon members of the community to embrace medical checkups and sensitization campaigns.
Case in point, Mulago national referral hospital is overwhelmed by large number of patients from across the country since it’s one of the two hospitals that treat cancer all located in Kampala, which is very far and people from rural areas find it hard to travel to Kampala capital city where they hardly have relatives or helpers.
Uganda Cancer Institute records rank Sheema district in the 3rd position after Mbarara and Isingiro in registering high number of cancer cases at western Uganda level.
There are also gaps in recording and accessing cancer related information. In Uganda, about 32,617 new cases and 21,829 cancer deaths were registered in 2018. The cancer estimates for Uganda, come mainly from one population-based cancer registry, Kampala Cancer Registry, established in 1954 in Kampala capital city and covers about 8% of the total population.