Kenyans have continued to flow into Mama Lucy and Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi County in large numbers for the free cancer screening offered by the Capital’s County Government.
More than 22 cases have so far been registered out of over 300 cases screened with two cases sent for further analysis.
In the 22 screened cases, seven females were diagnosed with breast cancer, 12 females with cervical cancer and one man with prostate cancer as the screening process continues.
In recent risen efforts towards fighting cancer after three prominent Kenyans lost their lives to the ailment, the Nairobi County Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko promised to have his government offer free screening services to help with early diagnosis.
Cancer is treatable while diagnosed at an early stage but has been currently been termed a crisis in Kenya with an estimated 33,000 people dying annually which brings the number of people dying each day to 90.
Musa Mohamed, the Mama Lucy Hospital Superintendent, noted that the County has adequate resources for the screening exercise ongoing at two facilities.
“We found eight cases but we want to tell the victims that they can control their situation because it is not at an advanced stage,” Doctor Musa said.
Nairobi County government will later kick off a sensitization program that will seek to encourage healthy lifestyles among the residents to minimize the lifestyle diseases.
“We have been told it’s more lifestyle and the food we eat, the environment we stay in and other minor factors and that’s why we have to go back to the drawing board and address these issues head-on,” the Nairobi County Health Executive Mohamed Dagane has said.
In Garissa County, the County government in partnership with the National government is on the process of constructing a cancer center which the Governor says will incorporate foreign Doctors to help in the treatment of cancer.
The Centre whose construction is already underway on the ground is expected to be financed by the National Government in partnership with the County and serve the marginalized people of Garissa and its environments.
The heightened fight against Cancer comes after Kenya has lost Bob Collymore, a telecommunication Chief Executive Officer, Ken Okoth, the MP in Kibra Constituency and Joyce Laboso, the Bomet Governor in the month of July not after 90 Kenyans dying in the same month.