A group of women suffering from cervical cancer from Kuria East, Migori County have received medical insurance cover.
The cover which is under the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) costs Ksh 76.4 million and will run for three years catering for services like chemotherapy, radiotherapy and medication for the beneficiaries.
The cervical cancer medical cover is part of an initiative by Step by Step Cervical cancer campaign which is sponsored by Smile Woman, a community-based organization.
Speaking at Masaba Health Centre, Smile Woman Executive Director, Thomas Chacha urged women to go for regular cervical cancer screening and seek immediate medical attention whenever they experience suspicious symptoms.
Dr. Nelly Bosire, an Obstetrician-Gynecologist based in Nairobi costs of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and medication will be covered.
The initiative targets over 7000 women in Migori County.
So far 38 women in Kuria East were issued with the NHIF cards and the next phase will be Nyatike sub-county.
Dr. Bosire urged the residents to practice safe sex so as to prevent the spread of the Human Papilloma Virus, a major trigger of cervical cancer.
She calls for the reduction of the high cost of the vaccine and cancer treatment to help many patients suffer in silence.