First lady Margaret Kenyatta raises concerns over increase of cancer cases

First lady Margaret Kenyatta raises concerns over increase of cancer cases

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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: First lady Margret Kenyatta has raised concerns over rising cases of cancer in the country urging all stakeholders and citizens to cooperate in a bid to fight and minimize it in the society.

Speaking during the launch of ‘Beth Mugo foundation’ in Nairobi on Monday, the first lady urged for quick intervention to avert a crisis which might be propelled by the menace in the country .

She urged Kenyans to embrace early screening to avert further crisis especially in achievement of vision 2030.

“There are already estimated 1.36 million people living with cancer in Africa and is estimated that more than half of the world’s new cancer cases will occur in our continent by the year 2030.” She said.

Her sentiments were echoed by senator Beth Mugo who urged people to go for early tests and detection, insisting that it is the appropriate way of fighting the disease.

Health cabinet Secretary Dr Cleophas Mailu urged county governments to uphold health policy formulated to offer cancer screening services for free, warning any form of charges apart from prostrate cancer will not be tolerated.

He urged citizens to embrace mass enrollment of NHIF medical scheme to enhance their treatment .

He said that cancer has become a major killer disease in the country; where by it has been ranked third among the most dangerous diseases, warning of its rapid rise  which might strain health system in the country.

“Cancer is the third leading cause of death as the country records close to 40,000 new cases and 27,000 cancer deaths that is equivalent to 7 per cent of the total annual mortality. “Dr Mailu said.

He added that cervical cancer and breast cancer are rampant among women while prostrate and oesophagus are leading among men.