Two patients of a group of seven that were the first to be taken to Aga Khan Hospital for cancer treatment have come home.
Mary Birungi from Mbarara and Mary Gahoire from Hoima were beneficiaries of the Road to Care Programme that was spearheaded by Hospice Africa Uganda in conjunction with Aga Khan Hospital.
Ms Miriam Donohoe, the charity’s communications and advocacy consultant said, “The patients that Hospice sends to Kenya are funded under the Road to Care programme which was initiated by Canadian doctor Joda Kuk in 2011.He observed the enormous needs of women with cervical cancer in rural settings during a visit to Hospice Africa Uganda.”
Uganda’s only radiotherapy machine that was in the main referral hospital in Mulago suddenly and permanently broke down leaving both Ugandan and patients from neighbouring counties stranded.
It is at this moment that Hospice Uganda immediately came in handy with their Road to Care programme.
“After Uganda’s only radiotherapy machine collapsed, it was agreed to use the programme to send Hospice patients to Nairobi for treatment,” Ms Donohoe affirmed.
We acknowledge the effort brought forward by Hospice Africa Uganda has put in to make life worthwhile and also applaud Aga Khan Hospital for working around the clock to restore health.