, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 21 – The Kenya Cancer Association (KENCASA) has launched a patients feeding program for cancer out-patients receiving treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) Cancer Centre Oncology Ward GFC.
The feeding program which is a partnership with Kenyatta National Hospital was launched by KENCASA Board chairperson Ann Korir and it targets more than 500 patients every month.
Speaking at the event Korir emphasized the need to have government support and other stakeholders coming on board in the fight against cancer.
“Cancer is a major problem in our country, as KENCASA we are committed to supporting this program. Cancer is affecting all age groups now, we need a consolidated effort, and work together with many stakeholders if we are going to overcome the problem of cancer,” she said.
She said Program will provide hot lunch meals to chemotherapy out-patients receiving treatment at the cancer centre at an estimated budget of more than Sh1 million per year reaching over 500 patients each month.
“While undergoing chemotherapy, patients need the energy from food in order for them to stand strong medicines and this feeding program will help them because most of them are here till later in the day,” she said.
The initiative comes after KENCASA realized the suffering of most cancer patients. The patients would wait in long queues and many times skip meals as they await treatment with the fear of having another patient go ahead of them.
KENCASA is majorly known for carrying out Relay for Life event in October which is a bigger platform to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease
“We need everyone to partner and commit resources from government and even the private sector. I thank Kenyatta National Hospital for this great partnership; Cancer is not just about the cost of treatment, it is everything right from the social issues,” Korir said.