FOR LONG Ugandans have been waiting for government to buy cancer machines, something that has taken a snail pace. As time go by, a campaign to mobilise and raise the money needed to procure the much needed cancer machines has kicked off.
The call comes in the wake of a campaign by a local cancer charity aimed at raising money to buy three essential cancer treatment machines.
The fundraising crusade is being championed by “Our Kampala Foundation”, a local outfit that has embarked on the task of raising the money. Among the prominent faces behind the campaign is Sandra Ngabo, the wife of renowned Pastor David Ngabo, who shot to fame for preaching at FDC’s Monday prayers.
The money, according to promotersof Our Kampala Foundation, will help procure three cancer testing machines to be stationed at the Uganda Cancer Institute in Mulago Hospital. The public-interest fundraising comes in the wake of the break-down of a decades old Radiology Machine at Mulago National Referral Hospital.
This triggered a national outcry that ended with Nairobi Hospital offering to airlift a few patients every month to Kenya for treatment.
Pastor Sandra Ngabo, the Managing Director of Our Kampala Foundation said that part of the money to be contributed by different corporate companies, individuals and entities will be used to construct a banker and train the required specialists.
Ngabo argued that Ugandans die of cancer because little can be done to save their lives when the disease is detected late. She is optimistic that through the Kampala Cancer Fundraising Campaign, management of the disease will be more efficient.