Stronger Together: Nakuru County Unites for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer awareness month, Nakuru

Throughout the month of October, communities worldwide unite to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness, showing unwavering support, and honoring the resilience of those touched by breast cancer. In Nakuru County, a vibrant, close-knit community has wholeheartedly embraced this global initiative.

Today, Nakuru County celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a well-organized walk, commencing from the ASK Showground and traversing Kenyatta Avenue, concluding at the Nakuru County Referral and Teaching Hospital (NCTRH) Regional Cancer Centre. This event not only encouraged physical activity but also fostered a profound sense of unity within the community.

Breast Cancer awareness month
A Breast Cancer Awareness Month walk in Nakuru

Dr. Samuel Mwaura, the County Secretary, commended the volunteers and healthcare workers for their dedication to assisting the community and providing moral support to those affected. He proudly announced that Nakuru County is among the few public facilities in the country equipped with a mammogram—a vital tool for early breast cancer detection.

Dr. Mwaura emphasized, “Every woman, regardless of her location or economic status, should have the opportunity to receive timely and adequate breast cancer screening and diagnostic care.”

He encouraged everyone observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month to reflect on the statistics and recommit themselves to the cause.

CS Mwaura and CEC Osoro at the Breast Cancer awareness month celebrations
CS Mwaura and CEC Osoro at the Breast Cancer Awareness Month celebrations

In an effort to make breast cancer screening more affordable and accessible to women in need, Nakuru County has revised the cost of mammograms from Kshs. 2,200 to Kshs. 1,100. Dr. Mwaura shared, “I’m delighted to share that the Kenyan Government is fully committed to improving healthcare access and universal health coverage.”

Dr. Siwillis, the head of the oncology center, lauded Nakuru County for its significant progress in the fight against breast cancer. The county aims to introduce a second LINAC machine by year-end, increasing treatment capacity. They are actively pursuing the acquisition of a PET CT scan to enhance diagnostic and treatment capabilities.

Breast cancer survivors shared their personal journeys and implored the Kenyan government to consider them during their treatment. They urged increased NHIF coverage, as the high costs often prevent patients from completing their treatment. Ann Wanjiku, a survivor, proposed offering free radiotherapy services for cancer patients.

Jacqueline Osoro, the CECM Health, assured residents of ongoing efforts to improve facilities at the cancer center. She urged people to undergo early testing, emphasizing the importance of early detection and prompt treatment.

Nakuru County’s celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as a beacon of hope and strength, reinforcing the message that together, they are stronger than cancer.

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