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Kenyan hospital offers free cancer therapy for 400 Ugandans


cancerA Kenyan hospital is to provide free cancer treatment to 400 patients from Uganda as the neighbouring country’s only radiotherapy machine has broken.

The Aga Khan University Hospital said it would do all it could to help and encouraged others to do the same.

The breakdown of the machine in Uganda has left thousands at risk of missing potential life-saving treatment.

Uganda’s government has said it will cover the travel and other costs for the 400 going to the Nairobi hospital.

The private, not-for-profit hospital in the Kenyan capital has two radiotherapy units and six radiation oncologists.

Radiotherapy treatment can be expensive – and most patients in Uganda are unable to afford to pay for the treatment.

“We are committed to working with the government of Uganda to help save the lives of cancer patients in need of treatment while it works to re-establish its radiation therapy capacity,” Aga Khan University Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Shawn Bolouk, said in a statement.

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