Uganda Cancer Crisis: Over 27,000 Unable to Access Cancer Treatment as Cases Rise to 34,000 Annually

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Dr. Jackson Orem, the Executive Director, of Uganda Cancer Institute has revealed that Uganda registers over 34000 cancer cases every year leaving over 27,000 Ugandans unable to access cancer institute.

He made this revelation while addressing the media on the updates regarding Cancer Awareness Month on February 2, 2024 at the Uganda Media Center.

Orem said that 20% of the 34000 new cancer cases manage to access the services given at the Uganda Cancer Institute.

He however said that the Government will expand the infrastructure of the inpatients to a capacity of 350 beds to accommodate the rising cancer cases at the institute.

“The government has embarked on expansion of in-patient infrastructure at the Uganda Cancer Institute (Mulago Campus) that will see bed capacity of the Institute increased to 350 beds,” Orem said.

Uganda Cancer Institute in collaboration with civil society organizations under the Uganda Cancer Society umbrella, joins the rest of the world to commemorate February as the Cancer Awareness Month under the theme “Close the Care Gap.”

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