The Ministry of health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aga-Khan University Hospital, Nairobi (AKUHN). The signing seeks to establish and enhance a collaborative relationship between Uganda through the Uganda Cancer Institute and AKUHN in the care for cancer patients within the region.
Two patients have already been referred for treatment under this program, while 20 others are lined up for the same. The vetting process continues under the supervision of the Tumor board, set up to screen patients for eligibility and possible referral. Approximately, 400 patients will benefit from this program.
This program will particularly consider patients with tumor types that are known to be responsive to radiotherapy, in stages that are considered treatable and curable, such as children with tumors that involve the kidney.
The Ministry of Health is responsible for the transportation of the patients, with two standby vans, one in Uganda and another one stationed in Nairobi and ambulances for those patients in critical conditions. Arrangements to accomodate the patients in Nairobi are underway in collaboration with the Ugandan Embassy in Kenya.
A steering committee has been established consisting of team leads of parties and nominees, with the aim of having strategic oversight and direction to the partnership. This committee highlights areas of future actions and opportunities for great synergy between the parties as partnership grows and develops.
The Government, in collaboration with partners in focusing its efforts on provision of world class healthcare to patients in a bid to reduce on the number of Ugandans seeking healthcare from abroad.
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