The management of Uganda Cancer Institute has today seen off patients who had been stranded at the Institute premises due to the lockdown on public transport.
The patients had completed their full treatment at the facility but couldn’t access means of transport to go back home since the country is under partial lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at the send off event that saw four buses take off, the Executive Director UCI Dr. Jackson Orem noted that over 100 patients are setting off today, while others will depart later.
“A few days ago, I informed you about this and now we are working around the clock to ensure they all leave but also ensure their treatment is given in the appropriate time,” He said.
Cancer patients are one of the high-risk groups for COVID-19.
The discharged patients are heading to different directions across the country with some going as far as Arua and Kabale in the southwest of the country.
“In the north, the furthest we are going to is Arua, in the west, Kabale and in the northeast Pader. We have done our best to ensure services remain uninterrupted. We have been innovative enough and came up with a plan to ensure access to services.” Dr. Oryem added.