For the last few months, Uganda has lost some of the most productive members of society to the disastrous cancer.
First it was Bbale Francis, a prominent TV personality who mentored many of the country’s journalists and then gracious beautiful Rosemary Nankabirwa, the former NTV news anchor.
The manner in which the two journalists died says a lot about our health sector mainly the cancer department which was exposed as weak, unreliable and unable to save its citizens.
It is now clear that the country is unable to treat a cancer patient and most of them have to look for millions of money to travel in the outside countries for better treatment.
The willingness of Ugandans to help when disaster falls like the case was with Nankabirwa is a gesture that cannot be under looked.
Nankabirwa must be smiling down on all the people who tried to save her life by contributing money labour and prayers for her to get better with pride.
The two journalists are just a few among thousands of Ugandans who are living in hell on earth at the Uganda Cancer Institute and other hospitals where they lack the basic cancer treatment.
In the past, cancer was a common occurrence among old people but the trend has changed, many young people like Nankabirwa are succumbing to the deadly disease.
Mind your social lifestyle
My point is not on the good heartedness of Ugandans or the failures of government but rather on what you as a person can do to contribute to the cancer fight that is taking the world and Uganda by storm.
The change in trend has been blamed on how young people live their life, more often recklessly. While cancer is also known for being genetic, most cases it’s as a result of the life you chose to live.
Although government has responsibility to make sure citizens have medical care for all disease we, as citizens, must understand that all those admired changes will not happen if we don’t play our part.[related_posts]
It will take time before we can get to that level where the health sector in Uganda is able to provide all necessary treatment to its citizens.
If considered cool to smoke all sorts of concoctions, drink all kinds of liquors, have multiple sexual partners, eat chunk foods, and other habits despite health warning of potential cancer warning.
Africa is still blessed with our organic foods that are health for consumption. It does not cost you a thing to eat health, take enough vegetables, avoid red meat as much as you can, do exercise at least an hour a day.
Research has proved that cancer can be healed if detected early. The early bit can be achieved if we carry out periodical tests. Some of the tests you can do it yourself in the comfort of your home.
All over the country, the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders have made sure that cancer testing centers are put at different stations with services provided for free.
Even the most developed countries like United States and Germany have cases of cancer; people die every day of cancer globally. If your family has a cancer history, it is advisable for you to test.
We have seen people whose cancer tumors have been detected early getting back on their fit, thanks to early intervention.
There is no guarantee that the above practices will save you from diagnosing with cancer but they have proved to be of some help in avoiding cancer.
Your personal health is your responsibility, take up the challenge now and lets save yourselves from the killer disease by keeping alert and vigilant all the time.