Kenya Opens Regional Cancer Center in Mombasa

The ultra-modern facility, developed in partnership between the national government and the county government of Mombasa as part of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) pillar of the development blueprint

By The Weekly Vision Online

President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched a regional cancer centre at the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital in Mombasa.
The President said the centre which will cater for cancer patients in the region and beyond becomes the second public facility of its type in the country after the one at the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital. The ultra-modern facility, developed in partnership between the national government and the county government of Mombasa as part of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) pillar of the development blueprint, boasts of high-tech equipment to offer comprehensive cancer care.
The President lauded the partnership between the national government and county governments in the delivery of health services to Kenyans. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the commissioning of the specialized cancer centre is part of the actualization of the President’s UHC vision of ensuring Kenyans have access to excellent standards of health at affordable costs.
CS Kagwe pointed out that next month a similar cancer facility will be opened in Nakuru followed by Garissa, Kisumu and Nyeri counties. At least 27,000 Kenyans succumb to cancer disease annually, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health. The increase in cases is attributed to the adoption of unhealthy lifestyles such as tobacco use, consumption of unhealthy diets, insufficient physical activity and the harmful use of alcohol.

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