Mediheal Group of Hospitals, in partnership with Varian Medical Systems, a US-based hospital which develops medical devices, is constructing a one billion worth cancer center in Uasin Gishu County.
Mediheal’s Business Development General Manager Mr. Joe Kirwa confirmed that the cancer center construction is underway and is expected to be functional in 18 months.
Speaking during a medical camp in Kakamega County, Mr. Kirwa explained that the facility will be able to take care of patients with all types of cancers.
“Mediheal’s Cancer Centre will offer comprehensive management of different types of cancers under one roof,” he said.
Cases of cancer-related deaths have been on the increase in Kenya over the past few years, with Kenya losing three prominent people to cancer in a span of a month, in July.
Statistics show that at least 80 cancer patients die daily, and about 30,000 annually, while thousands more who cannot afford transport and funds for treatment are not documented.
Cancer treatment is also expensive for the majority of Kenyans and those who can afford it often have to fly out of the country to countries like India to get specialized treatment.
It is for this reason that Mediheal Groups of Hospitals has been compelled to construct a cancer facility to see that patients in Kenya can get much-needed treatment without having to go to other countries.
“Kenyans will no longer have to go to India Or to the United Kingdom to get treatment. We shall be treating them here in Kenya,” said Mr. Kirwa.
He commended the Uasin Gishu County Government and the National Government which he said have been very supportive and have pledged to help to see the facility completed as soon as possible.
Mediheal is also the second hospital after Kenyatta National Hospital that does liver transplants.
“Kenyans who need liver transplants spend at least nine million shillings to have the operation done abroad. In Mediheal, we undertake the operation and as at now, the 52 patients who underwent the process are in stable condition,” Kirwa said.
During the medical camp, the medics in attendance urged county governments to invest heavily in the health sector so that much easier to treat conditions are able to get treatment, thereby saving many lives.