Consultant and Teaching Hospital for the Lake and Western zones of the United Republic of Tanzania
In celebrating World cancer day on 4th February 2020, Bugando Medical Centre celebrated the day by raising fund for the construction of cancer ward which will cost 6 billion and 550 million. The fundraising started with Religious leaders( Peace committee of Mwanza) and businessmen for the construction of cancer ward. Hon. Philis Nyimbi the District Commissioner of Nyamagana who was representing the Regional Commissioner of Mwanza Hon. John V.K said that the government has been improving health services in the country. “We have seen many cancer patients travelling to Dar-es-salaam (Ocean road) to get cancer treatment, but with the effort of the government and Tanzania Episcopal Conference Since 2009 Bugando Hospital became helpful in providing cancer services” .About 50%-60% of cancer patients at Ocean Road Hospital came from Lake Zone.Dr. Nyimbi called upon the citizen to contribute to the construction of cancer building to reduce the inconveniences to the patients who are coming out of Mwanza to get cancer treatment. The Director General of Bugando Medical Centre Prof.Abel Makubi said “In realizing the importance of this problem, the government provided 1.7 billion; Bugando Medical Centre will contribute 1 billion from internal Revenue while Bugando staffs donated 250million.This exercise is continuous and its just the beginning.Citizens, government and friends of Bugando will be reached to raise fund for the construction of cancer wards. The Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Mwanza who is also the chairman of Bugando Hospital Board said that the Fundraising is the act of kindness, love and the act of helping the needy. Dr Nestory Masalu the head of Department of Oncology said up to now there are 47,700 cancer patients who were seen at Bugando Medical Centre.Dr Masalu went on saying that for the patients who comes out of Mwanza if he/she is needed to come back in two weeks and we don’t have beds for them to be admitted the patient may not come for treatment because of lack of fare. As the result, Bugando Hospital received 92,649,000 including cash, promises and cheque.