The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has rallied Members of Parliament and the public to take a front seat in the fight against cancer in Uganda.
The Speaker made these remarks while handing over Parliament’s contribution of Ugshs20 million towards the 5th Rotary Cancer Run slated for Sunday, 28th August 2016.
“This year we have invited Rotary to Parliament to dispel the myth that MPs do not care about the ordinary people. Two weeks ago during the Cancer Run in Jinja, I was informed that there are no screening machines in Eastern Uganda and tests have to be brought to Mulago. There is therefore need for us to lobby to have cancer screening centres in all referral hospitals in the country, so that patients do not have to wait for a long to get test results,” she said.
The Past District Governor, Rotarian Steven Mwanje who initiated the Cancer Run said that The Rotary Cancer Run was started in 2012 when Rotary in Uganda realized that Cancer was a problem in our country.
“With the help of corporates and individuals we were able to build and handover a cancer ward in Nsambya Hospital last year,” he added.
Ms. Lydia Bujara, the Chairperson of the Rotary Cancer Run 2016, and a cancer survivor, said that this year’s theme is ‘Run for Hope’.
“This year the Rotary cancer run is twofold. The first one is advocating for Ugandans to go for early screening because early diagnosis saves life. Secondly if Nsambya Cancer Ward is to be a center for excellence, there is need for modern equipment. This year we are running for a Linear Accelerator which is a treatment machine of modern technology and is very safe in that it does not affect the surrounding tissue while treating Cancer,” she said
She added that the Run will be simultaneously held in all regions.
The Cancer Run which is now in its fifth year, has raised over Ugshs600 million towards the Cancer Ward.