the dfcu Bank has extended support to the Uganda Cancer Institute with the construction of a 100-seater shelter to provide the outpatients with a secure and decent waiting area as they access health services at the Mulago institute. The shelter valued at close to UGX 80million is expected to be ready for use in four (4) weeks.
The One of the major challenges faced by UCI is the high patient load as a result of increasing cancer awareness and incidence in the country.
On average, there are 60 patients daily at the facility – most of them with at least one caretaker. Despite the high numbers, the patients have to take shelter under tree shades or any open space they can find.
“Today, we gather here for this ground-breaking event marking the start of construction of the patient shade that will provide shelter to out-patients who are currently littered around the campus,” said Dr. Jackson Orem the Executive Director.
As at 2020, World Health Organization (WHO) Globocan report for Uganda indicates that the number of new cases is at 14,529 in males and 19,479 in female. The risk of developing cancer before the age of 75 is 15.8% and 16.0% respectively in both sexes. There were 34,008 new cases of cancer with 22,992 deaths with the number of prevalent cases over 5 years standing at 62,548.
Speaking during the ground-breaking event, dfcu Bank’s Chief Executive Officer Mathias Katamba said: “The impetus is on us all to make our communities better in whatever capacity we can. As a Bank, our ethos is to put our community first in all we do. Through the Corporate Social Investment arm of the Bank, we aim to make a lasting impact in the communities in which we exist. In the case of the Cancer institute, we hope that through our efforts, thousands will benefit but more importantly that others will consider what they can do to support the Institute given the need.”
According to the Uganda Cancer Institute, the top seven cancers in Uganda include Cervix Uteri, Kaposi sarcoma, breast, prostate and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Although cancer is a serious health problem leading to suffering and death it can be prevented and controlled if detected early.