St Mary’s Hospital Lacor has adopted Cinema therapy as therapeutic tools for self-help in healing children battling cancer psychologically.
On Wednesday, the hospital commissioned a Cinema hall “The Smiling Cinema” for children with cancer.
It was officially commissioned by the Italian Ambassador to Uganda his Excellency Massimiliano Mazzanti.
The commissioning coincided with the commemoration of the International Childhood Cancer Day.
Francis Okongo, the Palliative care specialist /cancer specialist with Gulu Cancer registry says watching films psychologically helps children with cancer forget the pain and experiences they are facing while battling the deadly disease.
According to experts, cinema therapy allows one to use the effect of imagery in films on the psyche for insight, inspiration, emotional relief and natural change.
It also helps individuals connect with story lines and the movie characters and in the process they “learn about themselves in more profound ways.
It also helps a person access their emotions, for instance if they are in a depression, and may be used early stage in psychotherapy.
On average, the hospital receives 20 cases of cancer in children on a monthly basis.
Since 2013, the Hospital Lacor has registered 3400 cases of cancer in children.