Friday August 2, 2019 - The Government announced two actions on Wednesday following the public outcry on cancer in Kenya.
Speaking during the inauguration of the board of directors for the National Cancer Institute at her Afya House office in Nairobi, Health CS, Sicily Kariuki, announced that chemotherapy treatment will now be availed in seven county referral hospitals in the country.
"Kenyans are now able to access chemotherapy in 7 County Referral Hospitals - Mombasa, Kisumu, Kakamega, Garissa, Nyeri, Nakuru and Meru.
"Three more hospitals namely: Embu, Bomet and Machakos are set to start offering chemotherapy services in September this year," the CS stated.
She further urged the institutions to increase efforts in raising awareness of the disease and mobilizing various institutions to curb its spread.
It is estimated that 47,887 new cases of cancer are detected in Kenya and 32,987 people die annually from the disease.
It is further approximated that there are 3,200 new cancer cases among children below 18 years.
The Kenyan DAILY POST