Government is doing its best to contain cancer, says Health CS
03 February 2016, 10:00
Nairobi - The government is doing its best to contain cancer which is the third highest cause of death after infectious and cardiovascular diseases, Health Cabinet Secretary Dr Cleopa Mailu has said.
In a speech delivered ahead of World cancer day to be held on February 4 at Kamukunji stadium in Nyeri County, Mailu said the government has recently improved cancer care in Kenya by rolling out the managed equipment service project aimed at strengthening public health infrastructure in at least 94 County hospitals.
He noted that 80 per cent of reported cases are diagnosed at advanced stages when little can be done to manage it due to ill equipped facilities that hamper early diagnosis.
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The government has also announced that cancer will be given a priority for NHIF members who needs treatment outside the country, through the newly introduced 'Chronic Disease Fund'.
Kisumu Senator, Prof Anyang' Nyong'o who is a victim of prostate cancer, urged NHIF to come up with a strategy to enable cancer patients to receive treatment from private hospitals within the country.
It is estimated that every year, Kenya lose 28 000 citizens to cancer of which 70 per cent are below the age of 70.
The leading types of cancer among women are cervical, breast and esophagus while prostate, esophagus and Kaposi's sarcoma affects mostly men.
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