The Government of Uganda has procured a Beam Linear Accelerator Cancer Machine which is currently being installed at the Uganda Cancer Institute.
According to Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the machine will start operation in December 2020 and will go a long way in improving cancer treatment in Uganda. “It is designed to use high precision to treat tumours and lesions in various parts of the body such as head, neck, breast, lungs etc,” Dr. Aceng said.
It uses beam radiation treatment by delivering high-energy electrons to the area of the patient’s tumour.
Dr. Aceng added that the machine will cut down sessions to 1 -5 for a patient, depending on the tumour as compared to 20 to 40 sessions of conventional radiation therapy.
She also revealed that health workers have been undergoing rigorous orientation and training on how to run and maintain the machine. Improving service delivery at our hospitals and health facilities reduces the financial haemorrhage incurred by our people and the country, at large in seeking treatment abroad.
“We are expecting 3 more of such machines and 2 High Dose Rate Brachytherapy machines which will be housed in the 6 bunkers constructed at UCI,” the Minister revealed.
This machine is the 1st of it’s kind in Africa according to Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng.