Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | The Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) is urging individuals grappling with cancer cases to prioritize conventional medical treatment and diagnosis, steering clear of seeking assistance from pastors and traditional healers.
Dr. Orem Jackson, the Executive Director of UCI, emphasized this point during a press briefing at the Uganda Media Centre. He stated firmly that “cancer is a disease, not witchcraft,” underscoring the inadequacy of traditional healers in effectively treating cancer.
Dr. Orem highlighted various measures implemented to address the challenges associated with accessing cancer treatment. Notably, regional cancer hospitals have been constructed in Mbale, Gulu, Arua, and Mbarara.
Despite February being World Cancer Month, the UCI and medical experts report a significant surge in new cancer cases in Uganda. Identified major risk factors include oral sex, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption.
The UCI reveals that the country records over 34,000 new cancer cases annually, with only 7,000 patients managing to receive treatment.