Govt, Aga Khan Hospital Sign Cancer Treatment MOU

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Shawn Bolouki, the Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan University Hospital said that the radiotherapy treatment will be paid for through the hospitals - Patient Welfare Programme, funded by the hospital and augmented by individual and corporate donors. The programme provides subsidized medical care to needy patients.

The Nairobi based Aga Khan University Hospital has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Uganda Cancer Institute-UCI to provide free radiotherapy treatment to 400 cancer patients effective next month.

The offer follows the breakdown of Uganda's only radiotherapy machines early this year leaving thousands of patients stranded.

Dr Jackson Orem, the director of Uganda Cancer institute  said that the offer by the Aga Khan hospital is a great relief to the government of Uganda as some lives can saved with this treatment.

"We are glad that all outstanding issues pertaining to the clinical, administrative and financial aspects of this partnership have now been ironed out and a clear procedure will be followed to ensure that Ugandan patients receive treatment from the Aga Khan University Hospital".

He added that ministry of health has arranged two vans that will transport patients from Uganda to Kenya while the other will be taking them to the hospital.

"Our embassy in Kenya has already secured a place of accommodation and the van will be carrying them to the hospital. The government is going to take care of everything that the patients will need while in Nairobi".

Dr Orem also noted that so far 20 patients have been identified and are set to travel at the start of next month.
 
Shawn Bolouki, the Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan University Hospital said that the radiotherapy treatment will be paid for through the hospital's - Patient Welfare Programme,  funded by the hospital and augmented by individual and corporate donors. The programme provides subsidized medical care to needy patients.

He said "The citizens of Uganda do not have to travel overseas to access high quality healthcare as these services are available here in our region.

Our Heart and Cancer Centre has two dedicated radiotherapy units, a multidisciplinary team of specialists and provides a wide range of cancer care that meets international standards."

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).