Jinja Set to Get Cancer Health treatment Centre

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The group has submitted a three billion Shillings proposal to Jinja Municipal Council for the construction of a 30-bed facility. It will be built on a 2.5 acre piece of land at Walukuba Health Centre IV in Walukuba-Masese division.

The plan for the construction of a health care centre in Jinja district, eastern Uganda is in the offing following efforts by Nile Diaspora Initiative, an umbrella body for Ugandans from Busoga sub region, now residents in Europe and United States of America.

The group has submitted a three billion Shillings proposal to Jinja Municipal Council for the construction of a 30-bed facility.   It will be built on a 2.5 acre piece of land at Walukuba Health Centre IV in Walukuba-Masese division.

Jinja Municipality Mayor Mohammed Baswari Kezaala told Uganda Radio Network on phone that a resolution has already been passed in council to pave way for the signing of a memorandum of understanding with NDI to facility the construction of the facility.  Jinja Municipal Council will provide the land on which the facility will stand.

The centre will come as a major relief to thousands of patients from eastern Uganda who travel long distances to the cancer institute in Mulago for treatment in the wake of increased cancer prevalence in the country. The increase is attributed to lifestyle changes such as increased consumption of fatty foods, alcohol and heavy smoking.

Phad Mutumba, an official from the Nile Diaspora Initiative says construction of the facility will kick off as soon as they secure a title deed from Jinja Municipal Council.

Steven Muzusa, Jinja municipal Clerk to council presented the proposal to council with a request that the facility be named after the late Abel Dhaira, the Uganda Cranes Goal keeper who succumbed to cancer last month in recognition of his services.
 
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However, Innocent Anyole, one of the residents in Walukuba says the cancer health centre construction must be backed by affordable fees for treatment and drugs must be available to create a difference from other health centres in Jinja municipality.

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