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Uganda to airlift 400 cancer patients to Kenya after radiotherapy machine breaks down

15 April 2016, 12:31

Kampala – The government of Uganda on Thursday confirmed that it will airlift 400 cancer patients to Kenya for treatment after the country's only radiotherapy machine broke down.

The minister for Health, Dr Chris Baryomunsi said that Agha Khan hospital in Nairobi has agreed to take only 400 out of the 17,000 patients who need radiotherapy care.

Baryomunsi said they would airlift only the most serious cases to Nairobi, Daily Monitor reports, and advised the remaining 16,600 patients to go for palliative care or use morphine to relieve pain.

Uganda has only one radiotherapy machine, which according to BBC was donated second hand to Mulago Hospital in 1995 and has undergone several repairs.

The machine broke down last week but efforts to fix it bore no fruit, with MPs threatening to block government officials from seeking cancer treatment abroad until the machine is replaced.

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