Bamburi Cement Limited in partnership with Mombasa County has set-up a Ksh 18 Million cancer treatment centre at the Coast General Hospital, becoming the second fully-fledged public cancer facility in Kenya.
The cancer center patient’s conveniently access cancer treatment and management services within the larger Coast region while reducing pressure on the other two public cancer treatment facilities in the country – Kenyatta National Hospital and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.
The new facility has been installed with specialized cancer treatment machines and equipment, including a chemotherapy hood, seven chemotherapy chairs, three consultations rooms and a drugs preparation room.
According to the National Cancer Institute, there has been an increase in the number of cancer patients from 20,000 in 2012 to 40,000 annually sparked by an increase in the number of undiagnosed cases and lifestyle habits.
“Cancer is on the rise globally. This phenomenon is worse in low and middle-income countries, which face a “double-burden of disease” owing to the mix of communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as lack of access to equipped cancer centers. Bamburi has routinely been offering free cancer screening services to the community at its Bamburi Cement Plant (Mombasa) clinic. Together with efforts from the County Government, the cancer unit will now provide an opportunity for treatment to patients who test positive.” Bamburi Cement Ltd. Acting Managing Director, Eric Kironde said.
The Coast County government lauded the move by Bamburi to have the first cancer unit unveiled in coast as a milestone for cancer patients who will no longer strain in seeking treatment regionally.
Mombasa County Governor, Hon. Ali Hassan Joho lauded the move by Bamburi Cement to renovate and equip the first cancer centre in the Coast Region.
Construction of the cancer center begun at the beginning of 2017 and was completed by mid-2017.
The County Government which trained specialized doctors abroad in cancer treatment and management, will also oversee maintenance and payment of staff in the Cancer Center.
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