Health & Fitness

Video: Mulago hospital cancer machine breaks down


Mulago hospital is the main referral hospital and the main treatment for cancer.  The cancer unit treats most of the patients in the country.  The radio therapy machine broke down and the country is looking at $1.8 million to replace it.

Mulago hospital gets 44,000 referrals from within the country, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan.  Most of the patients require radio therapy (70%+).

The medical staff are concerned about this even more than the patients.

Most cancers require chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Patients can still travel to other Great Lakes countries or fly abroad.  However, chemotherapy and surgery are still available.

The recent visit to Mulago hospital (unannounced) by President Yoweri Museveni is likely to put some changes in place.

The government of Uganda does fund some abroad trips for the most urgent cases.

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