Leaders want ‘Very poor Ugandns’ exempted from paying for Cancer treatment
As the world commemorates the World Cancer day today, Leaders want the Ministry of health is being challenged to work out a more organized system to identify the poor people who can be exempted from paying the medical services at the Uganda cancer institute.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and was responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018, with approximately 70% of deaths from cancer occurring in low- and middle-income countries. In Uganda, over 5,000 cases are registered at the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) every year, and for every 100 new cases diagnosed, 80 of them die.
Now the speaker of parliament, Rebbeca Kadaga is questioning the criteria followed to isolate the very poor victims of cancer saying that a letter from a referral hospital is not enough to assist them be identified.