Mengo hospital has announced an offer of free cervical cancer screening and ambulance services during the Rotary Cancer Run later this month. Rose Mutumba, the medical director at the hospital told the media at a press conference held in Mengo.
The Run is due August 25 and will start and end at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds with participants running 21km, 10km and 5km respectively according to the organizers.
“We appreciate the efforts of the Rotary fraternity for organizing the run for the last eight years, on our side we are going to do screenings, we will avail ambulances and our medical team will be on standby,” Mutumba said.
Mutumba said cervical cancer screening will take place on August 22 at Mengo hospital as a pre-event to the run. Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga will be chief runner. Kadaga, while launching the run recently said individual members of parliament have contributed Shs 1m.
“Our parliamentarians for the past two years have contributed to the cause and they have pledged to continue supporting this cause again this year,” she said.
Richard Kalungi, Rotary Cancer Run committee member, said, the proceeds will go towards the construction of two cancer bunkers at Nsambya hospital.
“Centenary Bank Cancer Centre at Nsambya hospital (36 beds) is up and running, but we want to construct the second one so that when the first one breaks down, people use the second one,” he said.
Tickets for the run are being sold at Shs 25,000 at Rotary offices on NIC building, Capital Shoppers stores, Game Store, Lugogo and Centenary bank branches. This year’s Rotary Cancer Run is expected to draw over 50,000 runners across the country to raise a fraction of the Shs 18 billion wanted to build bunkers and furnish them with linear accelerators that assist in cancer management.