Cuba-UCI collaboration to boost cancer treatment capacity
The visit of the Ambassador of Cuba will establish a collaboration to achieve cancer treatment technology transfer, human resource support in areas of radiotherapy, innovation ideas
The Cuban Ambassador to Uganda, Antonio Luis Pubillones paid a courtesy visit to Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) in a bid to have collaboration in areas of research, innovation, technology in cancer treatment among others.
This was the 2nd visit of the Cuban Ambassadors to UCI since two year ago, which opened discussions on exploring possible scientific advances in cancer, drug development and research between Cuba and UCI
The Executive Director, UCI Dr Jackson Oryem said that the collaboration between Cuba and UCI will boost the capacity of cancer treatment in Uganda and will make UCI a regional leader in tailored cancer drugs.
He said that the visit of the Ambassador of Cuba will establish a collaboration to achieve cancer treatment technology transfer, human resource support in areas of radiotherapy, innovation ideas among others.
"What we agreed with the Ambassador was a discussion about eatablishing a collaboration and how to achieve technology transfer in cancer treatment, human resource support in radiotherapy to boost our capacity and a full circle of innovation"he said
Dr Oryem added that the opportunity to review the discussion made when Ambassador last visited two years ago was interupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that the discussions during the last visit focused on how to explore possibilities in making use of scientific advances in cancer and drug development and research.
"Antonio Louis who came for the second since about 2 years ago was hear to explore possibilities of making use of scientific advance in Cuba in areas of drug development and research an see how to use it in Uganda. Unfortunately it has been a while and because if COVID-19, we did not have opportunity to review the discussion" he said
Antonio Luis Pubillones, promised to bring in all expertise from Cuba in cancer treatment to Uganda in order to improve services and exchange experiences in cancer treatment.
"We are very much willing to bring more Cuban doctors to work in the Ugandan communities.The principle of our cooperation is about solidarity, friendship, love and passion. It is about helping others to prevent disease. It is about exchanging experiences among our doctors with those where we are" he said
Uganda-Cuba diplomatic is as old as 45 years. It started on 9 May 1974. The cooperation with Uganda has basically been centred on health with support to various areas including the provision of Cuban professors to University like Mbarara University of Science and Technology, agreements with Ministry of health among others.