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Ecobank joins war against cancer

07 October 2013, 21:42 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - The Ecobank Kenya central Region manager, Erastus Muthura, has said the bank will progressively participate in the fight against cancer as part of its social responsibility to the community.

Muthura said the bank is set to communicate symptoms of cervical and prostate cancer, encouraged people to seek medical attention about their symptoms and offer reassurance about the benefits of early diagnosis.

Speaking over the weekend at Karatina District Hospital, Muthura said the financial institution is participating through ‘Ecobank Cancer Caravan’ whose key objectives are to raise awareness on the benefits of early testing and screening for cancer.

The Ecobank foundation has been funding the campaign against cancer in Kenya to a tune of KES. 12 Million.

The caravan which was launched on September 5 this year is focused on informing the public on the vagaries of cancer.

“There has been a steady rise in the number of cancer incidences in Kenya with the socio-economic burden of the disease wearing heavily on a number of Kenyan households,” Muthura said.

Ecobank, he said, has donated six advanced volumetric infusion pumps and special cancer treatment chairs to Kenyatta National Hospital worth over KES.1.3 million.

The equipments will go a long way in alleviating the plight of the growing number of cancer patients who visit hospitals on daily basis for treatment.

“The goal of the Ecobank Cancer Caravan is to encourage early detection of cancer as that raises the chances of complete cure,” Muthura added.

Area deputy governor Samuel Githaiga Wamathai, Mathira MP Peter Weru and various county ward representatives attended the event.

According to Muthura, early detection is the single most important determinant of survival. If the cancer is found early and has not yet spread, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100%.

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