India gifts Uganda cancer machine

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The launch of the machine

The official commissioning and handover of the Bhabhatron II Radiotherapy Cancer Treatment Machine got underway Thursday at Uganda Cancer Institute in Kampala.

The Bhabhatron II cancer machine has been described as a “gift of life” to the people of Uganda from the Government of India.

Hon. Sam Kutesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Robinah Nabanja, Minister of State for Health and the Indian High Commissioner, H.E. Ravi Shankar, graced the unveiling of the Bhabhatron II radiology cancer treatment machine.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world, with an estimated 8.2 million deaths in 2012.

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According to data from the Kampala Cancer Registry, the incidence of cancer in Uganda is 320 per 100,000 population.

Nabanjja said availability of cancer medicine is now at 90% and not all hope is lost because a third of cancer can be cured and is preventable.

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