Following the breakdown of Uganda’s only Cobalt 60 radiotherapy machine, the Aghakhan hospital in the Kenyan capital Nairobi has offered to treat 400 Ugandans who are in dire need of this service.
The machine installed at Mulago national referral hospital in 1995 broke down beyond repair about a month ago.
Its replacement however is not due for at least one year due to absence of a bunker to house a new one.
Now according to the state minister for Health Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the government is equally concerned about the state of this machine, and it’s trying its best to manage the situation.
He however says patients should not be discouraged to go to Mulago because other machines are still available to treat cancers that do not require radio therapy.
He explained that government will cater for the patients’ transport and feeding costs while in Kenya.
Story By Samuel Ssebuliba