The bishop of Ma’di and West Nile diocese, Rt Rev Joel Obetia, criticises government over its inordinate delay to buy cancer treatment machine

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The bishop of Ma’di and West Nile diocese, Rt Rev Joel Obetia, has criticised the government over its inordinate delay to buy cancer treatment machines and instead planning to spend on lawmakers’ luxury vehicles and hefty allowances.

Speaking yesterday at Ediofe Cathedral during the burial of the bishop emeritus Frederick Drandua of Arua catholic diocese, bishop Obetia said: “Why should the government fail and take ages to buy cancer machine yet we are under siege of the cancer disease? Why don’t we suspend the purchase of cars for MPs and instead buy cancer [treatment] machines that can save lives?” The mourners cheered.

The Anglican bishop’s comments follow the break down, five months ago, of the country’s only radiotherapy machine at Mulago National Referral Hospital, consigning increasing number of cancer patients to fate.

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