Deputy Governor H.E Daniel Chemno has called on the national government to declare cancer a national disaster.
DG Chemno’s call comes at the time when cancer deaths in Kenya threaten to eclipse those for HIV/Aids.
Speaking as he joined Health Cabinet Secretary nominee Dr Cicilly Kariuki in a visit to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital’s Chandaria Cancer Centre, the DG regretted that cancer is becoming the number one killer.
“We are asking the national government to declare cancer a national disaster because it (cancer disease) has reached crisis level, with at least every village having a cancer patient.
“Cancer is slowly becoming the number one reason for deaths in Kenya, a disease that is slowly overtaking HIV/Aids.”
“We shall get funding from donors as soon as it is declared a national disaster just like United States Government came in through Ampath to help fight against HIV,” he added.
Also, DG Chemno disclosed that the County Government has set aside funds to purchase four ICU beds for MTRH. The facilty only has 7 beds.
Besides helping in increasing cancer centre’s ICU bed capacity for Kenya’s second biggest referral facility, the County Government has plans to further expand sub-county hospitals, with purchase of cancer machines being in the plans.
Once the sub-county hospitals are elevated to level five, cancer screening machines will be installed.
After the meeting, Dr Kariuki, accompanied by CECM for Health, Everlyne Rotich, later visited Kapteldon Sub-County Hospital where the County is constructing a 40-bed maternity facility.
Meanwhile, the County Government of Uasin Gishu will help in supporting and expanding projects started by the late Anglican Church Bishop Alexander Muge’s family.
Deputy Governor says the late Bishop Muge was a man who largely helped in establishing crucial institutions, including schools and churches.
The DG spoke later in the afternoon as he attended the burial of Herma Muge, the wife to the late Bishop.