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Ministry steps up cancer awareness campaigns

The ministry of Health has stepped up ongoing efforts to raise awareness on the National Cancer Control Strategy 2017-2022. Through a series of regional workshops targeting county health management teams, the ministry is undertaking consultative training initiatives in various parts of the country to spur activity aimed at implementing the interventions captured in the strategy.

Speaking in Kisumu at a regional dissemination workshop for Lake Basin counties, the Kisumu deputy governor Mathew Owili, said their regime was committed to establishing a regional cancer centre to ease access to treatment and follow up services by residents.

While addressing the same meeting, head of National Cancer Control Programme at the Ministry of Health, Anne Ng’ang’a said the ministry is determined to halt and reverse the cancer burden in Kenya. Thanking Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson and a specialist oncology pharmaceutical solutions provider, she said their support will complement ongoing governmental efforts to raise further awareness on the strategy countrywide.

Johnson & Johnson, East Africa government affairs and policy director, Idah Asin pledged the firm’s support for awareness to facilitate speedy adoption of the strategy. “We want to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of oncology practice so that patients can live better lives and achieve best outcomes,’’ she said.

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