Reprieve for cancer patients in Mombasa as Coast General Cancer Center nears completion

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Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho during the session with Medical consultants at Coast General Hospital in February. The Radiotherapy center is now nearing completion and will relieve cancer patients in Mombasa and Coast region as a whole from having to travel to Nairobi for Radiotherapy services/COURTESY

Reprieve for cancer patients in Mombasa as Coast General Cancer Center nears completion

Cancer patients in Mombasa and the Coast region as a whole will soon not have to travel to Nairobi County for radiotherapy services.

According to Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, the Comprehensive Cancer Center being put up at Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital is nearing completion.

The Ultra-modern facility, which is a partnership project between Mombasa County and the National Government, will also include Radiotherapy treatment which is beneficial to cancer patients living in Mombasa and the entire Coast region.

“This is the first centre of its kind in the region and very soon patients requiring radiotherapy from the coast will not have to go to Nairobi to seek the treatment,” said Governor Joho.

“It will be readily available at the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital at affordable rates. The facility will be a major boost to the existing Day Care Chemotherapy Center,” he added.

The National Cancer Institute, in 2019, tabled a report to the National Assembly’s Health Committee detailing cancer prevalence rates per county and Mombasa was among the 11 counties with high incidences of cancer cases in the country.

In the report, it showed that the most prevalent type of cancer Mombasa women suffered were Breast at 36.8%, Cervix at 30% and Oesophagus at 8% while in most Mombasa men suffered from Prostate, Mouth and Pharynx and Oesophagus at 16.3, 5.6 and 5.4 percent prevalence rate respectively.

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