Kilifi, KENYA: Two women aged 12 and 34 years respectively suffering from Gigantomastia (Hypertrophy of the breasts) have received a free operation in Kilifi county hospital.
Emaline Charo from Kikambala and Aisha Salim from Mtaani in the outskirts of Kilifi County were on Friday operated by a panel of four plastic surgeons from Kilifi and Nairobi.
The two beneficiaries expressed their happiness after receiving the treatment they had been longing for quite some time but couldn’t get it due to lack of money.
“I am happy to have received this operation, because it has taken me quite long to get as it is costly,I was supposed to pay almost shs. 500,000 for the operation I am more than happy,” said Aisha.
According to Dr. Bachu, one the surgeons, Gigantomastia is a rare condition that causes an excessive large growth of an individual’s breasts.
“Gigantomastia is a condition where the victim has excessive breast growth which cause health complications. Girls in the community suffer from the condition not knowing that it is actually a health condition, as it is rare in this area (Kilifi),” added Dr. Bachu.
The operation was led by Professor Stanley Khainga of Nairobi University.
Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi, was among the witnesses of the operation at the Kilifi county referral hospital.
Addressing the press, Kingi who was accompanied by the executive committee member for Health Rachel Musyoki and health Chief officer Dr. Timothy Malingi, said his government has given priority to health services in the county budget.
“In this financial, because we want to equip ourselves well against various diseases we are constructing a big complex which will have two operation theaters, Intensive care unit and High dependence unit not forgetting a cancer center,” said Kingi.
“In that regard we have set aside sh 300 million for the construction of the complex that will also include a full-fledged emergency unit,” added Kingi.
Kingi urged girls and women to come fourth for checkup should they experience symptoms of swelling in their breasts.
He said the health department would also carryout out community outreach programs in the villages in a bid to sensitize the community on such diseases.
“We will also carry on with outreaches to the community especially to the villages so as to sensitize the people on the importance of checkups which is the only way to establish diseases in early treatable stage,” said Kingi.
This comes as President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected in the county to commission various projects such as the construction of Salagate Road in Malindi and the opening of Huduma Centre in Kilifi.