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Coast gets first cancer centre

Rose Wekesa @PeopleDailyKe

Cancer patients can now heave a sigh of relief after the launch of the third fully-fledged public cancer treatment facility in Kenya.

The facility set up at the Coast General Hospital by Bamburi Cement Limited in partnership with Mombasa County government at a cost of Sh 18 million will ease pressure on the other two public cancer treatment centres at Kenyatta National Hospital and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.

“This being the first cancer centre in the Coast region, it is a relief to cancer patients who had to seek the costly treatment either in private hospitals or travel to Nairobi,” said Bamburi Cement acting managing director Eric Kironde during the launch.

The oncology centre has been installed with specialised equipment including a chemotherapy hood, seven chemotherapy chairs, three consultation rooms and a drugs preparation room.

County Health executive Hazel Koitaba termed it a milestone for cancer patients who will no longer strain in seeking treatment. “Health is one of our pillars…at the end of the day, if you have a healthy population you will have a productive workforce,” she said.

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