Jinja Hospital Cancer Centre Under Lock

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Dr. Dan Baliwo Nsereko, the Deputy Director Jinja Regional Referral hospital, says the facility can accommodate 50 patients but lacks equipment and staff to run it.

The Jinja Regional Referral hospital cancer treatment centre has remained under lock and key since its refurbishment in February 2015, URN has learnt.

The centre was refurbished with support from Twegaite International Organization; a US based non-government organization bringing together Ugandans from Busoga region and their friends in the diaspora.

The centre was refurbished in response to government's plans to decentralize cancer screening and treatment. However, the centre has remained under lock and key leaving cancer patients with nowhere to turn for help.
 
Dr  Dan Baliwo Nsereko, the Deputy Director of Jinja Regional Referral hospital, says the facility can accommodate 50 patients but lacks equipment and staff to run it.  According to Dr Nsereko, the centre needs an oncologist, a surgeon and at least three nurses.
 
 
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He says currently all suspected cancer patients are referred to Uganda Cancer Institute-UCI for treatment.
 
James Wako, a prostate cancer patient from Namulesa village, says he spends at least  50,000 Shillings to travel to UCI for treatment, adding that at times he has to wait for days when the institute lacks some drugs.

"It is very expensive for me to travel every month to get drugs as simple as Morphine. If Jinja ward was operational, I would be happy," he said. Jinja Regional Referral Hospital serves over 60,000 people in the districts of Jinja, Iganga, Kamuli, Bugiri and Buyende among others.

 

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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).