President Yoweri Museveni has said that Uganda will pay for new cancer radiotherapy equipment and also provide a grant to Varian Medical Systems Global Government to train young Ugandan professionals in cancer and oncology treatment.
The President was meeting Mr. Andrew Whitman, the Vice President of Varian Medical Systems Global Government, the leading company in cancer and oncology radiation and cancer treatment equipment worldwide.
The meeting was also attended by Dr. Diana Atwine, the Director of the Health Monitoring Unit of State House.
Varian Medical Systems are the world’s leading manufacturers of radiotherapy and radio-surgical devices and software, treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton-therapy and brachytherapy
“Uganda will pay for the cancer machines and also provide a grant to Varian Medical Systems to train young Uganda professionals on their use. What is important is to recruit young people and send them on government sponsorship for bio-medical training,” he said.
The President was responding to a proposal by Mr. Whitman on how to finance and procure such equipment, which he said, is very capital intensive.
He congratulated President Museveni for rehabilitating and equipping the Cancer Institute at Mulago Hospital to deal with the increasing cases of cancer.
According to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at Mulago Hospital, Uganda, with a population of over 37 million people, has one of the highest rates of cancer in the world. The two hardest hit groups are children under the age of 12 and middle-aged adults.