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  The Prime Minister Rev The Hon Robinah Nabbanja has assured Members of Parliament that the planned regional cancer treatment centers will be operational by FY 2025 2026 as per the Uganda Cancer Institute UCI plan Nabbanja responded to a question posed during Prime Minister s time during the plenary session chaired by Vice President Thomas Tayebwa on Thursday 22nd September 2022 Kumi District MP H E Christine Apolot called on the Prime Minister to brief the House on the government s commitment to establish regional cancer centres Nabbanja also Leader of Government Affairs said the Northern Uganda Regional Cancer Center in Gulu district is nearing completion and the site is expected to be handed over by the end of the year AUDIO Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja Equipment has been dispatched and is on site awaiting installation The regional center project in Gulu was approved by Parliament in 2020 she said She added that feasibility studies have been completed for the Eastern and Western Uganda regional cancer centers in Mbale and Mbarara districts respectively She said that the concepts of both projects were presented to the development committee of the Ministry of Finance In the meantime the UCI has started working on the start up structures in Mbale to have a basic service while waiting for a comprehensive project to accommodate all cancer services said Nabbanja She added that meanwhile Mbarara has a very active cancer care service second only to the Kampala service with over 3 000 patients seen in the last financial year This has been achieved using the infrastructure equipment and human resources available she said Nabbanja added that in northwestern Uganda basic cancer prevention and early detection services have been established in Arua district with available infrastructure and equipment while ICU awaits funding for the project The ICU s plan is to establish regional cancer centers in eastern northern western and northwestern Uganda to address the growing burden of cancer and decongest the Uganda Cancer Institute located in the Mulago National Referral Hospital
Uganda: Premier assures House on regional cancer centers

1 The Prime Minister, Rev. The Hon Robinah Nabbanja, has assured Members of Parliament that the planned regional cancer treatment centers will be operational by FY 2025/2026, as per the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) plan.

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2 Nabbanja responded to a question posed during Prime Minister’s time during the plenary session chaired by Vice President Thomas Tayebwa, on Thursday 22nd September 2022.

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3 Kumi District MP H.E. Christine Apolot called on the Prime Minister to brief the House on the government’s commitment to establish regional cancer centres.

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4 Nabbanja, also Leader of Government Affairs, said the Northern Uganda Regional Cancer Center in Gulu district is nearing completion and the site is expected to be handed over by the end of the year.

5 AUDIO: Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja “Equipment has been dispatched and is on site, awaiting installation.

6 The regional center project in Gulu was approved by Parliament in 2020,” she said.

7 She added that feasibility studies have been completed for the Eastern and Western Uganda regional cancer centers in Mbale and Mbarara districts, respectively.

8 She said that the concepts of both projects were presented to the development committee of the Ministry of Finance.

9 “In the meantime, the UCI has started working on the start-up structures in Mbale to have a basic service while waiting for a comprehensive project to accommodate all cancer services,” said Nabbanja.

10 She added that meanwhile, Mbarara has a very active cancer care service second only to the Kampala service with over 3,000 patients seen in the last financial year.

11 “This has been achieved using the infrastructure, equipment and human resources available,” she said.

12 Nabbanja added that in northwestern Uganda, basic cancer prevention and early detection services have been established in Arua district with available infrastructure and equipment, while ICU awaits funding for the project.

13 The ICU’s plan is to establish regional cancer centers in eastern, northern, western and northwestern Uganda to address the growing burden of cancer and decongest the Uganda Cancer Institute located in the Mulago National Referral Hospital.

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