The institute’s Executive Director, Julius Mwaiselage has said that the Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) is overwhelmed by patients who cannot afford fares to return to their homes after treatment.
The problem is compounded by the shortage of cancer facilities at the institute. After staying for a long time in the city waiting for chemotherapy and radiotherapy, most of the cancer patients at ORCI remain with little or nothing for their travel back home.
Dr. Mwaiselage has told reporters that the patients spend more time at the hospital than expected as they wait for their turns to undergo radiotherapy because machines are few and cannot attend to all the patients in a short period of time. However, he couldn’t give the actual figure of the stranded patients. He said currently that ORCI has only two radiotherapy machines while under normal circumstances four of them are required. He said, the government had promised to purchase the remaining two machines during the 2016/17 financial year. “ORCI has no budget for the transport the patients and this has become a major challenge to the institute,” he said, as he appealed for support from good Samaritans to assist the stranded patients to return to their homes. Dr. Mwaiselage, who was speaking during an event to receive 200 bed sheets worth Sh2.5 million from the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Tanzania, called upon well-wishers to consult ORCI management before deciding on what to support.
PWC Tanzania Director Nelson Msuya has said that the bed sheets were donated in line with the company’s corporate social responsibility policy. He said a total of $20,000 had been set aside for giving out to communities in 2016. Earlier this year, PWC Tanzania, which are service providers in areas of audit and assurance, business recovery, project audit and donor support and taxation consultancy, donated Intensive Care Unit (ICU) equipment to Shree Hindu Mandal Hospital worth $7,500 and $12,000 worth books to Tanzania Institute of Accountancy.