The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has officiated at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of bunkers for linear accelerator machines necessary for the treatment of cancer.
Kadaga also launched the eighth edition of the Rotary Cancer Run said that the run has had an impact on the prevention and treatment of cancer in Uganda. The event was held at Rotary-Centenary Bank Cancer Centre at Nsambya Hospital.
“We have just laid foundation for the construction of bunkers needed for linear accelerators for that facility which will have a capacity of 36 beds,” she said.
She lauded members of the 10th Parliament who have individually contributed to the cause Shs1 million over the past two years totaling over Shs900 million, “This year we shall contribute as an institution; we shall discuss with the Clerk and Director Finance on what more we can do to support this campaign. I encourage all of us to contribute as cancer does not discriminate,” she said.
The Managing Director of Centenary Bank, Fabian Kasi, pledged to continue the support towards the Cancer Run, “As Centenary Bank, we acknowledge the relationship we have had with Rotary Uganda for the last eight years. This year, we shall contribute Shs165 million and we believe this will go a long way in helping with the organisation of this year’s run,” he added.
Past Rotary District Governor, Stephen Mwanje said that what started as a dream is now a reality. “With friends you have helped our dream come true. We now have a fully-fledged cancer centre and this new project is to build a physiotherapy centre which we are embarking on,” he said.
“I do thank you madam Speaker for always responding to our call even on short notice. I do appreciate your support towards this cause of building a magnificent cancer facility and you are the top contributors in this project that we are working on,” he said.
This year’s run will be held on Sunday, 25 August 2019 at Kololo Independence grounds and in 40 other towns across the country.