Steady Regress of Health Care in Uganda; 400 Cancer Patients to Nairobi and working the Cancer machine without license at Mulago!
Today yet more is covering up as the story of failings of Mulago Hospital Complex, former Kings Hospital of Mulago, where the Uganda Cancer Instute or the Cancer Ward is supposed to be. There the only Cobalt-60 Machine for Chemotherapy have been down for over a month. The one they have was bought in 1995. Dr. Jackson Orem have given two statements that counter each other and the reality of the matter, is that this is just sad, and not funny; though it is systemic default as the government are busy with creating Anti-Porn Bill Committee, instead of healing fellow citizens.
The Ministry of Health Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi has said in the Plenary Session in the Parliament that Aga Khan Hospital of Nairobi has offered for treatment of 400 cancer patients. So there will not be any patients who need treatment taken care of at Mulago, since the Uganda Cancer Institute has to wait for a new machine. Therefore the country does not a have the machinery for the treatment. That is sad enough to know at this point.
Then this comes up as well: “Mulago is operating the cancer machine illegally. The licence expired. Its Ugx 800,000 per year,” Parliament Watch quoted one of the council officials. “We could not give Mulago a new licence without addressing the safety measures we raised.” The official noted that Radiation workers in Mulago are not being monitored yet they are being exposed.“We visited Mulago in 2013 and we found out that the cancer machine was not in good conditions…We found out that the cancer machine in Mulago used to get stack. It had to be operated manually,” the official added” (Red Pepper, 2016).
So the story of the Cancer Machine at Mulago does not stop up or silently goes away as this is the neglect of the government, ministry and the economic regress that the NRM Regime have put in place. This is happening in the time-span that they have been ordering more Anti-Riot Police Cars, tear-gas, bullets, ammunition and bribes for fellow NRM Elite, than fixing and procuring a new machine for the Cancer Treatment at the Mulaga Hospial Complex. It saddens me, and the more we know, the bleaker the state of affairs in the matter it seems. The end-game is that certain 400 lucky patients get treatment in Nairobi. But that is not how is supposed to be in Steady Progress mantra, this here is Steady Regress. Peace.
Red Pepper – ‘Mulago is operating the cancer machine illegally — Atomic Agency Council’ (14.04.2016).