The Uganda Cancer Institute has received a donation of six chemotherapy chairs worth 50.4m to help patients receive their treatment comfortably.
The donation was made by members of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) as a fulfillment of a pledge made in August last year.
According to Dr Jackson Orem, the director to Cancer Institute, the additional six chemotherapy chairs have boosted their capacity in advancing treatment to cancer patients.
“The chairs are used while giving infusion to patients. Chemotherapy is a very stressful modality of treatment so the chairs help patients to remain comfortable,” Dr Orem said.
He lauded ACCA for their contribution and also appealed to others members of the community to donate towards cancer treatment in the country.
The support has increased the number of Chemotherapy chairs at the Cancer institute from only 20 chairs to 26.
The handover was done by a representative of the ACCA Uganda member’s network leg by the chairperson Ms Joyce Tamale, ACCA Council member Japheth Katto and accompanied by ACCA staff.
While speaking at the ceremony held at UCI, Ms Tamale thanked her fellow members for the contributions that enabled the fulfillment of the pledge to the UCI as it’s a gesture of giving back to society and living the ACCA value of accountability.
She also encouraged ACCA members to continue contributing to the community cause.
Ms Beatrice Isagayite, the head of ACCA Uganda said: “The support to Uganda Cancer Institute demonstrated the responsiveness of ACCA members to the community needs, Cancer having been Prominent in the News over the last couple of year’s required collective effort from the public.”
Ms Isagayite also appreciated some corporate companies that supported the cause highlighting Stanbic Bank Uganda, Liberty Insurance and National social security Fund (NSSF).
“ACCA believes that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development. It seeks to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards,” she added.
About 45,000 cancer patients receive treatment at the Uganda cancer institute with about 200-patient visits per day.