Officials have revealed that they are targeting over 30,000 participants in the 2018 Rotary Cancer Run and proceeds will help fund purchase of modern radiotherapy equipment, the Nile Post has learnt.
Speaking during a function to release the 2018 route map, Stephen Mwanje the chairman of the program said the number of towns participating in the run will increase from 34 last year to 7 this year which will in turn see the number of participants also increase.
This year’s proceeds according to officials will help in importing high tech cancer treatment after completion of the cancer centre at Nsambya hospital.
“We zeroed in on the Linear Accelerator because it is the most modern radiotherapy equipment and doesn’t have many negative after effects,”Mwanje said
“To establish an effective centre of excellence, we need two linear accelerators and two bunkers to house them,”
According to officials from Rotary, the two machines will come in handy when one is down or is being serviced, patients will have an alternative.
The project is estimated to cost approximately Shs18 billion. Of this Rotary so far has Shs1.1 billion.
The seventh edition of the Rotary Cancer run will take place on August 26 at Kololo ceremonial grounds and all major towns across the country and is sponsored by Centenary bank and Parliament.
This year, the bank contributed shs155 million.