Patients stranded as cancer machine breaks down again

Patients stranded as cancer machine breaks down again

The newly-installed Cobalt60 cancer treatment machine has again developed technical glitches, hardly two months after its repair following a similar breakdown in June this year.

This has forced the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) to halt all radiotherapy services, catching patients by surprise and, for some, without alternative.

Some of the affected patients said the machine stopped working on Tuesday, but UCI spokesperson Christine Namulindwa said the machine functioned until Wednesday.

Health workers asked patients to return next week when they expect the machine to be fixed.