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Govt commits funds to tackle cancer

06 February 2014, 14:40

Nairobi - The Government has earmarked KES 34 billion for the purchase of equipment and machines in an effort to fight cancer.

Cabinet Secretary for Health, James Macharia, said government was also fighting other diseases and would thus purchase equipment for the treatment of kidney problems and diagnostics.

Such equipment, he said, would be purchased for every county.

“The Jubilee manifesto promised to provide affordable health care within a five kilometer radius,” said Macharia.

 He also added that the government was planning to have cancer treatment equipment in the counties in order to reduce the number of patients reporting to the main referral hospitals of Moi Teaching and Referral in Eldoret, Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi.

As the country joined the world to mark the World Cancer Day earlier this week, it was reported that 30 percent of cancer cases in Kenya were a result of HIV and AIDS.
National AIDS Control Council Deputy Director, Sobbie Mulindi, said that cancer of the cervix, penile cancer and other forms were related to HIV and amounted to 30 percent of the cancer cases in the country.

Statistics from the Ministry of Health indicate that approximately 22 000 Kenyans lost their lives to cancer last year while another 28 000 were diagnosed with such diseases.

Government has embarked on awareness programmes to curb the spread of cancer.

– CAJ News


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