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Wednesday,October 23,2019 21:20 PM

Rotary launches cancer run in Koboko

By Edna Piyic

Added 30th July 2019 02:13 PM

According to the chairperson, mobilising committee, Rotary Uganda, Godfrey Kayitarama the rotary run aims at creating a difference in the Ugandan health system

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According to the chairperson, mobilising committee, Rotary Uganda, Godfrey Kayitarama the rotary run aims at creating a difference in the Ugandan health system

HEALTH

Rotary Uganda is carrying out a countrywide cancer run that will take place next month.

Koboko municipality is one of the major towns in WestNile that was chosen to carry out the activity, another town in WestNile in Arua municipality.

According to the chairperson, mobilising committee, Rotary Uganda, Godfrey Kayitarama the rotary run aims at creating a difference in the Ugandan health system.

He said it will improve the treatment of cancer with linear accelerators, a machine that burns cancerous cells.

"In the whole country, it is only Mulago that has a linear accelerator," he said.

Kayitarama pointed out that Koboko is one of the marginal districts bringing them on board will form a Rotary club in the area.

He also appreciated Centenary Bank, Parliament of Uganda and Newvision among other sponsors for funding the cause.

A doctor at Arua Regional Referral Hospital, Robert Candia mentioned that the prevalence of non-communicable diseases is increasing.

He said alcohol, tobacco smoking, and inadequate exercise are to blame.

"Early detection is important before reaching the terminal stage”, he added.

The Koboko municipal mayor, Wilson Sanya said despite the challenges of transporting cancer patients, they have always helped by contributing money.

"We had a cancer patient who needed monetary help to travel to India and we mobilised and contributed money and he was able to go to", he said.

He said if Rotary collects the required money they will be no need for cancer patients to travel to India.

Joseph Wambuzi,mobiliser, Koboko run said they had so far sold over 100 kits.

Koboko RDC, Yahaya Kakooza welcomed the efforts of Rotary in supplementing on government's health initiatives.

Medina Apai, a cancer patient said the two linear accelerators will help prevent the growth of cancerous cells.

However she said the government should help them with some logistics like transport and feeding when they attend reviews.

 

 

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