There is need to have accurate data on cancer cases in the Country, so as to manage the disease, Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi has said.
Governor Muriithi noted that cancer figures from the Ministry of Health were quite scanty adding that there is need to have real-time data on all infections to control the spread effectively.
Speaking when he joined wives of 15 governors during the opening of a ultra-modern cervical cancer clinic at Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital (NTRH) Nderitu said the national records on cancer should be updated the same way the country was doing with Covid-19 pandemic figures as a way of managing the infections.
“If you look at the Covid-19 pandemic and the number of deaths resulting from this disease comparative to what has happened with cancer, you can see that our national reaction and efforts should be commensurate with the way we try to combat cancer,” Governor Muriithi said.
The governor further noted that cancer infections seem to be rising the same way as diabetes and hypertension with the two non-communicable diseases also showing an increase in new cases in Laikipia.
“In the last three years, diabetes cases in Laikipia have nearly doubled from 7,000 cases to about 13,000 cases currently while hypertension has risen from 20,000 cases to 38,000 cases,” he said.
The governor’s wife Maria Mbeneka said that the new cancer clinic will enable residents to easily access quality screening and treatment services.
Mbeneka urged residents to enroll for the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) as one way of cutting the costs of treating and managing the disease.
Kisumu County Governor’s wife Dorothy Nyong’o who is also the founder of the African Cancer Foundation urged Kenyans to maintain a healthy lifestyle such as eating healthy diet and exercising often to avoid cancer infections.