What you need to know:
- Cancer is a growing burden of the healthcare system that calls for increased use of resources to tackle.
- With the increasing numbers placing a huge burden on the public health system, the country is badly in need of a specialised facility.
A most significant achievement in the fight against cancer in Kenya is the establishment of a modern facility to enable early diagnosis of the disease. Medical experts have been pushing for increased early diagnosis because detection can enable successful treatment.
Cancer is a growing burden of the healthcare system that calls for increased use of resources to tackle. Today, the annual incidence of cancer in the country is 28,000 news cases. With the increasing numbers placing a huge burden on the public health system, the country is badly in need of a specialised facility. The good news is that Kenyans can get early cancer diagnosis and treatment from a public hospital. This is a worthwhile investment in the improvement of people’s health.
The Integrated and Molecular Imaging Centre of the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRRH), which was unveiled on Monday, when it diagnosed its first 10 patients, is one of a kind in Sub-Saharan Africa. It comes as a relief for patients who have had to travel abroad, especially to India, for cancer treatment.
A recent survey shows that the cost of treating cancer remains above the reach of most households, dealing a blow to the fight against it. With this new facility to detect cancer in its early stages and save lives, KUTRRH has become the first public hospital in the region to offer such specialised cancer services. It can conduct cancer tests for 50 patients daily, helping to cut the many overseas medical trips for cancer diagnosis.
This facility is a big boost to the country’s management of cancer, a challenge that has grown in recent years due to the adoption of unhealthy lifestyles and other factors. Kenyans need not wait to feel the pain to seek a cancer diagnosis.