The World Health Assembly passed a resolution in 2005 urging member states including Uganda to develop cancer control programmes and plans aimed at reducing cancer incidence and mortality and improving the quality of life of cancer patients and their families.
Dr Nixon Niyonzima the laboratory director and head of research and training UCI says that they receive a quarter of the cases that they should be treating at the institute. He attributes the low number of patients seeking treatment to inadequate treatment facilities in the country.
The burial will be preceded by a requiem mass at Christ the King church, Kampala on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and a vigil in Kanyanya, a Kampala Suburb, Solomon Muhirwa, the committee chairman told journalists in Kampala today.
At the moment 5.6 million (70 per cent) of the over 8 million people who die of cancer worldwide each year are in developing countries, implying that cancer is killing much more than HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined.