Makueni County Thursday (15th October) launched a cancer treatment and management clinic in a colorful function held at the Mother and child center. The clinic is located at the Makueni Referral Hospital.
Speaking during the launch that was attended by 15 first ladies from different counties, Makueni Governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana expressed concerns on the increasing deaths from cancer in the county.
According to the Governor, since the opening of the Makueni cancer clinic last year, 132 people have visited it for treatment. 8 have been treated and recovered completely while 58 have lost their lives.
“Cumulatively, we have had 132 patients being treated. 8 of them have been cured because the detection was early and we thank the doctors. However, 58 patients have succumbed to cancer during the Covid-19 period.” Kibwana said.
County First Ladies Association chair Maria Mbeneka speaking while attending the Makueni cancer clinic launch called on locals to go for screening at the earliest opportunity.
“Our joy is not to see the machines, our joy is to know that people have been screened so that they don’t need to use the machines. Cancer is a Lifestyle disease. Do you exercise, what type of food do you eat. Let’s avoid stress.” Maria said.
The Makueni cancer clinic is part of the Empowerment Project, a partnership bringing together Roche, International Cancer Institute (ICI), Women for Cancer, and African Cancer Foundation.
The cancer clinic so far has one radiologist, two oncology nurses, pathologists, pharmacists, and a records officer to run the center. More staff are set to be recruited in the coming days.