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Forty two Kenyan doctors have benefited from specialized oncology training in efforts aimed at reducing the burden of cancer and neurological disorders.

The week long training targeting doctors from 19 counties was organized by the East Africa Development Bank in partnership with the British Council and Royal College of Physicians.

Cancer has remained a burden for country with the disease prevalence affecting thousands of Kenyans further stretching the limited resources.

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The East Africa Development Bank in partnership with the British Council and Royal College of Physicians holding one week training for 42 doctors as the country moves to enhance capacity to fight non-communicable diseases in particular cancer and neurological disorders.

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The doctors from Bomet, Homabay, Isiolo, Kitui, Mandera, Marsabit, Kwale, Meru, Murang’a, Nyamira, Trans-Nzoia, Turkana, Vihiga, Kirinyaga, Nakuru, Wajir, Tana River, Nairobi and Kakamega counties were trained on acute cancer presentation triage and management of symptoms.

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A total of 394 doctors across the four East Africa countries have since been trained since the inception of the program in 2016.

EADB METAF program intends to train 600 East African physicians by 2020.

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Meanwhile, the Kenyan government has been challenged to invest in technology to minimize dependency on imported products.

Chuka University Vice Chancellor Professor Erustus Njoka says the government should invest more funds in research and technology.

Njoka says many African countries are heavily depending on importation of drugs and medical equipment yet they have capacity to devise home grown solutions.

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