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‘I didn’t say cancer patients will die anyway’ – Minister

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A Cabinet Minister who has come under severe attack for allegedly saying cancer patients ‘would die’ even if the chemotherapy machine at the referral hospital in Mulago was in good condition, has denied having ever said so.

Appearing on the political talk show ‘Capital Gang’ earlier today, the State Minister for Health in charge of General Duties Dr Chris Baryomunsi said he was quoted out of context by the media.

“The Speaker requested me to respond to Alaso after she said patients are dying in Mulago. I said it’s not true that death in Mulago has not started with the breakdown of the cancer machine,” Dr Baryomunsi said today.

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Dr Baryomunsi, who is now being referred to as the #MinisterOfCancer’ via Twitter because of the said comments, says that is a misrepresentation of what he said in Parliament.

“I’m not insensitive to say patients should die. It’s regrettable the machine broke down,” he added.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the break down of the cancer machine in Mulago, the Aga Khan has promised to take 400 Ugandan cancer patients to Nairobi for treatment while the rest will be treated using other alternatives.

 

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