KAMPALA — The Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) Executive Director, Dr. Jackson Orem had commended his staff—lauding them over their commitment to work and putting service above self during Covid-19 lockdown.
Dr. Orem who was giving an account of how the institute performed during the just ended Financial Year 2019/2020 stated that this commitment to care was extra-ordinary despite the Coronavirus disruptions.
He conveyed sincere gratitude to staff for their selflessness despite the rising cancer patient numbers, revealing the Institute received almost 7000 new cancer patients at both Mulago and Mbarara Regional Cancer Center.
He also thanked the staff for rising to meet the increasing demand for cancer care services and continuing to uphold the image of the Institute .
There were nearly 63,000 in-patient days and 65,000 out-patient days which all could not have been possible without our dedicated staff.
Dr Orem told reporters that during the last four months, Institute has had to refer some suspected COVID-19 cases for testing elsewhere. While all their referrals finally tested negative, he said cancer patients are at risk of getting fatally affected by COVID-19 and yet the doctors who work on them also risk being exposed especially when they have to conduct surgeries.
The Executive Director later handed over a written letter to each staff and UCI-branded two face-masks.