President Yoweri Museveni has called for sensitization of the masses on cancer and other infections that trigger cancer so that people are able to know early enough, especially the avoidable ones.
The President noted that people need to be educated over the fact that cancer has stages and if detected early enough, it can be managed.
The President was opening a US$10 million Cancer Centre that has been erected at the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) in Mulago Hospital.
The new Fred Hutch Cancer Centre was realized through the commitment and partnership between the Uganda Cancer institute and Hutchison Centre Cancer Alliance (UCI/HCCA) that seeks to reduce the global cancer burden through the prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, infectious diseases and other related health concerns in Uganda.
The Centre is equipped with research laboratories, pediatric and adult outpatient care clinics and training facilities. It is expected to handle and treat 20,000 patients annually.
President Museveni noted that cancer screening services should be brought closer to the public such as at the Sub-County level so that people can easily access that service.
He said that the government is taking holistic rather than fragmented approach in trying to address the health challenges adding that roads are part of health challenges.
Mr. Museveni saluted the American government and all the other partners for the efforts in trying to address the health challenges in the country.
The American Ambassador to Uganda, Mr. Scott DeLisi, commended the President and the NRM government for the commitment to the health sector adding that if they partner together, the health system in Uganda can be improved greatly.
Larry Corey, who is President Emeritus of the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Centre, said that the new UCI- Fred Hutch Cancer Centre building is dedicated to help in reducing cancer and other related infections which, he said, is a global problem which is an enemy and a leading cause of death, not only in Uganda, but worldwide.