Laikipia Woman representative Catherine Waruguru is appealing to President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare cancer a national disaster and establish a fund to fight the disease in the country.
Speaking to the media at her Nanyuki office while moaning the demise of Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso, Ms Waruguru further appealed to her colleagues in Parliament to speedily endorse the Waruguru Cancer Fund Bill 2019 that is meant to address the dreadful disease.
She called on the National Assembly Committee on Health chaired by Murang’a Woman representative Sabina Chege to expedite the Bill and ensure that it sails through the floor of the House.
Waruguru says that if the country wants to truly declare cancer a national disaster, there must be commitment from government through funding and programs that will be elaborate from the grassroots to the National government starting from the early screening detection and prevention to the cancer caregivers.
She called on the government to allow zero taxes on cancer drugs that have over the years been expensive and allow generic drugs to be sold in the Kenyan health facilities.
In the Bill, Ms Waruguru has petitioned the government to set aside 14 billion shillings in the 2020/2021 budget that we be helpful to cancer patients through a Cancer Board.
Waruguru said the country is far from the truth and reality that the government needs to do something about cancer.
Elsewhere, Matayos lawmaker Geoffrey Odanga has challenged the Executive and the Legislature to come up with policies to establish cancer screening and treatment centres to combat the scourge ravaging the country.
The MP said cancer will soon be a national disaster if concerted efforts to stem it are not made.
Odanga regretted lack of awareness and late presentation as the greatest challenges faced while most health facilities are ill equipped to make proper diagnosis of the disease.
He added that all Kenyans need to review their lifestyles believed to be behind the rise in cancer cases.
The legislator spoke after opening a National-Government Constituency Development Fund sponsored administration block at Lukonyi Primary school.
The recent cancer deaths of prominent Kenyans have seen leaders across the political divide reignite calls for proper measures to fight the disease which is now Kenya’s third top killer disease after pneumonia and malaria.
A Cancer Prevention and Control (Amendment) Bill, 2019, has been presented before the Senate’s Standing Committee on Health, seeking to ensure that every county establishes a cancer center and takes charge of prevention, treatment and control of the disease.