Cancer patients in Nakuru County will now not require travel to Nairobi or Eldoret to seek cancer treatment services following the commissioning of an Oncology Centre at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital.
Speaking at the facility on Thursday morning during the official opening, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the centre which is an initiative of the county government of Nakuru will also serve patients from neighboring counties.
“We started this journey way back upon realization that we have cancer patients who have to travel to Nairobi or Eldoret to seek health services but with this centre now our patients will be able to get services here” he said.
Governor Kinyanjui added that the county government will carry out staff recruitment in various cadres so as to meet the centre demands.
Upon official opening, the centre on admitted seventeen patients.
According to Kinyanjui, chemotherapy sessions will be the first to be conducted in the centre before other comprehensive services begin to be offered.
He called on members of the public to go for cancer screening so that early detection can enable them access treatment at an early stage.
The county government of Nakuru will also offer free NHIF registration and also make payments to the vulnerable in order for them to access cancer treatment services.
On her part, Dr. Gladwell Kiarie who will be in charge of the centre said establishment is a milestone in the provision of health services in Nakuru county.
“The establishment of this centre is a milestone in the provision of health services in Nakuru county” she said.
She called on other counties to duplicate Nakuru county and established such centres in order to reduce the burden of cancer treatment.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and his, deputy Dr.Erick Korir and other officials after officially opening Oncology centre at Nakuru’s Level 5 (PGH) Hospital to cater for cancer patients needs.