Governor Dr Wycliffe Oparanya has launched a cancer clinic at Kakamega County General Hospital in efforts to offer affordable cancer services to residents.
Speaking during the launch of the clinic established by County First Ladies Association and development partners, the Governor said cancer is the second cause of most deaths worldwide.
“Cancer has claimed many lives across the world and it is now the second cause of most deaths,” said Governor Oparanya.
He noted that cancer clinic launched will help in prevention, early diagnosis of cancer and create awareness among people.
He revealed that plans are at advanced stage to establish a Sh 1 billion comprehensive cancer center in the County to offer cancer testing and treatment to residents and neighboring counties.
“Once the Center is established it will have cancer treatment machines to offer services like radiotherapy and chemotherapy. This will reduce the cost of seeking cancer treatment outside the County,” he said.
Dr Oparanya noted that the Health department focus will be on tracing people who vanish upon realizing that they have tested positive for cancer.
“Such patients need assistance instead of being left to die in their homes. Some can be treated and healed but they default because they don’t have money to pay for their medication,” he said.
First Lady Madam Priscilla Oparanya said the county cancer clinic will provide screening, testing and management of breast, cervical and prostate cancer.
She said: ” I take this opportunity on behalf of Kakamega people to thank my colleagues and partners for their support towards realizing this dream. It is a reprieve for cancer patients who have been suffering due to lack of such a facility.”
“I appeal to people to go for cancer screening so that they know their health status,” said Mrs Oparanya.
She urged members of the public to avoid creating stigma to cancer patients.
First Ladies from various counties, CECMs, County Secretary and Head of Public Service Madam Jacinta Aluoch, Chief Officers, senior medical officers among others were present.