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Women Reps kick off breast cancer awareness

29 October 2013, 13:28 Kelvin Wanjohi

Nairobi - A delegation of women representatives from various counties have kicked off a national campaign to create awareness on breast cancer, and sensitizing women to come out for early screening.

The women led by Nyeri County Mp, Priscilla Nyokabi and her Muranga County counterpart Sabina Chege said that this initiative will run through the months of November and December and will cover twelve counties first and later spread to the other remaining counties.

Nyokabi said that they have decided to take the campaigns to the county level since the awareness at the local levels remain a challenge and they will terrain at open air markets to women on how to detect breast cancer at early stages.

The trained women are expected to train their fellows in the problem, and this will help reduce the mortality rate caused by cancer in women because it will be screened and detected at early stages where it is easier to treat unlike in its late stages.

“We are embarking on a comprehensive two day screening in every week at market centers, where women gather in large numbers, as well as churches and women groups meetings or and this should clearly illustrate how important and serious the campaign is,” said Nyokabi.

The leader also called on capacity building in the health sector and urged all County Mps to join them in the fight against breast cancer as well as in creating awareness in their respective counties.

They were accompanied by their counterparts from Meru, Baringo, Homabay, Migori, where the pilot projects are expected to start.

They called on the Cabinet Secretary for health James Macharia to team up with them and support them with necessary finances from the health kitty.

Macharia said that the money has already been released to the counties, and the national government only work is to oversee that the money released to them is used accountably.

“On behalf of my ministry I am delighted on this great initiative from our Women Mps and this is the way to go and I urge all stakeholders to join you, and the government is very committed towards the improving of the health sector, in terms of personnel, equipment since a healthy nation is a productive nation,” said Macharia.

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