Cancer patients in need of radiotherapy treatment can breathe a sigh of relief after the long-awaited Cobalt-60 machine finally arrived at Mulago hospital last Wednesday. The director, Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI), Dr Jackson Orem, received a 40-foot container bearing part of the equipment at around 6pm at a very low-key event, after logistical delays. Dr Orem told media that installation of the Shs 3 billion machine alone, will take one month, after which they will conduct tests and later commission it early in October.
During the installation and testing process, he said some patients will also be treated to ensure that the machine is in perfect condition. “This new machine is not only good news for Uganda cancer patients but the entire East African region. UCI is proud to be a center of excellence for cancer treatment and it would be ridiculous to send away other patients with this new acquisition,” he said.