By Kiyimba Bruno
Government of Uganda has been requested to recognise the care workers that provide palliatve care.
Among these are the clinical plliative and care oficers as said by Dr Dodovico Zirimenya during a press briefing at the headquarters in Makindye.
Dr Dodovico on this note called upon the public to join them on the fundraising dinner stated to be at Hotel Africana on 16th of December 2016.
The reason for the fundraising is to look for ugx20m that is needed in the west Nile to build a hospice hospital.
According to Dr Rose, Uganda has only one institution that grants diploma in palliative care.. She adds that Mildmay, being the only centre for palliative care is a problem to Uganda. Many people die ignorantly more especially the young ones due to luck of palliative care services in hospitals.
As the world ages,the prevalence of cancer and other non communicable diseases also continue to rise especially in low and middle income countries where Uganda is not exempted.
It is estimated that about 40 million people around the world need palliative care services each year,78% of these people live in low income countries where almost half of hem live in Africa.
In Uganda among the top 10 causes of death in Uganda ,there are some diseases that require palliative care, where HIV had 17%, TB 5%, meningitis 4% , cardiovascular diseases 4%, and ishemic heart disease having 2%.