KISUMU, Kenya, May 11 – Kisumu County has allocated Sh350 million for Phase One of a cancer centre to off load the burden on Kenyatta National Hospital.
The County Governor Prof Anyang Nyong’o says the ultimate goal is put up a Sh1 billion cancer centre within five years of his administration.
Nyong’o says his administration is working closely with development partners to source for funding for the realization of the centre.
Speaking in Kisumu during the groundbreaking of the project at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, Governor Nyong’o says once completed, the centre will offer a range of cancer treatments only found in Nairobi and outside the country.
He says cancer patients in the country are facing challenges in accessing radio therapy treatment due to limited hospital facilities.
The Governor noted that a number of patients lose their lives not that they had to die but because of lack of enough medical facilities handling cancer in the country.
Nyong’o says the centre will assist patients in Western Kenya region who are forced to travel miles away in search of medication in the Capital City.