President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that the government will increase funding on cancer management and build treatment centres to alleviate the suffering of people affected by the disease.
The budgetary increase is meant to scale up both preventative and curative cancer management services across the country
The President made the announcement at the memorial service of the late Bomet Governor Dr. Joyce Cherono Laboso held at Bomet Green Stadium in Bomet town.
As a tribute to former Bomet governor Joyce Laboso, a cancer clinic at Longisa County Referral Hospital, Bomet County will be equipped with a chemotherapy machine by September.
The head of State said the government will increase the number of chemotherapy and radiology centres across the country to make the services more accessible.
“We have also agreed to put up additional radiology centres at the facility and also add three more across the country; in Garissa, Mombasa and Nakuru,” he said
The head of State at the same time pledged to ensure addition of 10 more chemotherapy centres in Mombasa, Kisumu, Kakamega, Garissa, Nyeri, Nakuru and Machakos.
He announced the opening of Kenyatta University Hospital next month saying it will have facilities for cancer treatment as well as put up two centres of excellence in Kisii and Nyeri by next year.
” The ultra-modern Kenyatta University Hospital will be opened next month. This also will have a facility for treating cancer”. He said.
Mr. President noted that cancer is largely a lifestyle disease and advised Kenyans to reduce the intake of processed foods and go back to eating traditional wholesome foods.
“We need to start looking into some of these things and get back to the basics because this disease was not as widespread in the past as it is now.”, he said.