Health ministry apologies for cancer patient left to die

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The Ministry of Health has apologised for the death that occurred at Uganda Cancer Institute and promised to investigate the matter to its conclusive end.

Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health, in a statement on Friday said the Ministry of Health regrets the death of the cancer patient, which occurred on 12th June 2017 at the Uganda Cancer Institute compound.

Preliminary reports indicate that the patient [Simon Ekongo, 22] passed on in a tent, which serves as a waiting area for health education.

Uganda Cancer Institute Director, Dr Jackson Orem, said the patient was given to a wrong ambulance which delayed and the patient died in the compound of the institute.

According to Florence Akello Okae, a caretaker, Ekongo was initially referred from Soroti Regional Referral Hospital to Mulago Hospital but was sent to Kiruddu hospital in Munyonyo before being referred to UCI.

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At Kiruddu hospital, Ekongo was tested with acute leukemia and was later abandoned on arrival at UCI by health workers which cost his life.

Aceng said she has requested the Uganda Dental and Medical Practitioners Council to investigate the matter to its logical conclusion.

This investigation is expected to take one week, and the public shall be duly informed of the results.

“The Ministry of Health reiterates the Government of Uganda commitment towards the health of its people through provision of the highest possible level of health services to all, at all levels,” she said.

“The Ministry of Health calls upon the general public to continue seeking services at the Uganda Cancer Institute and all other public health facilities.”

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