NATIONAL CANCER CONTROL PLAN IN THE OFFING
As Uganda joins the rest of the world to mark the world cancer day today, the head of non communicable diseases in the health ministry, Dr. Gerald Mutungi reveals that plans are in final stages to have the national cancer control plan in place.
Speaking at the national event held in Kampala, Dr. Mutungi said, treatment, care and management of the disease has been handled in a half hazard way, but the coming of the plan will streamline the way treatment, care and management of the disease is handled right from the patient to the communities.
He further says, this will help in reducing new cancer cases from developing and also handle those that have developed, with the plan yet to be forwarded to the health ministry for approval.
However, the executive director, Uganda cancer institution, Dr. Jackson Oryem also reveals that they have now embarked on streamlining HIV treat with cancer for those patients who carry both diseases.
He notes that since cancer treatment lowers a person’s immunity, then there is need to properly manage these patients with special care.
The burden of cancer in Uganda is rapidly on a rise with every six death, one is as a result of cancer.
Health experts now say, the rise is due to late detection, yet if detected very early, 80% of the cancer cases can be prevented.