Kenyans will soon benefit from a Sh1 billion cancer center which is expected to help cure the deadly disease which is responsible for nearly 27,000 deaths yearly.
The disease is increasingly becoming rampant in the country with very many debatable assumptions on its causes which creates more tension and anxiety among Kenyans.
With proper treatment, cancer patients can live long but the burden is heavier on the families who have to yield the expensive treatment for their loved ones.
Seeking treatment abroad, mainly India and Europe is always considered the best option owing to the lack of unreliable doctors within the country and the cumbersome procedures at local hospitals.
Unfortunately, many Kenyans cannot afford the expensive treatment abroad and are always forced to undergo long procedures at Kenyan hospitals.
Things will now be different for Uasin Gishu county and its nearby residents who will benefit from the cancer center constructed by the Mediheal Group of hospitals,the construction of the center is underway and will be completed in 18 months.
Uasin Gishu County also boasts of Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Disease Centre which is the second-largest public cancer hospital in the country
In partnership with Varian Medical Systems, a US-based hospital, Mediheal will now treat cancer locally.
According to the Business Development General Manager at Mediheal, the center will offer comprehensive management of different types of cancers under one roof.
“Kenyans will no longer be traveling to the United Kingdom or India to get specialized cancer treatment. We will be treating them here in Kenya,” said Kirwa.
The hospital is also undertaking liver transplants, joining Kenyatta National Hospital which made Kenya the third country in Africa after Egypt and South Africa to handle liver transplants.
“We have already undertaken 52 liver transplants since April this year, and all the patients are in a stable condition.
“One person can donate a liver to two patients who are in need of a transplant. When you donate a liver, it grows back to normal size in a process called regeneration after two years,” said Kirwa.
One of the Government’s Big Four Agenda is Affordable Healthcare, President Uhuru Kenyatta has over time reiterated the commitment to build up more health care infrastructure.
Kirwa pointed out that the initiative has received a lot of support from the national and county governments to ensure the cancer center is completed on time.
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