By Shadrck Nyakoe
Nairobi MCA’s have passed a motion compelling the County Government of Nairobi to set up cancer screening, prevention and treatment centers in County hospitals.
The motion was moved by Karura MCA Joseph Wambugu.
Wambugu said cancer is a deadly disease that has led to many deaths.
“Cancer killed Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore recently. One of our MPs, Ken Okoth of Kibra constituency is currently suffering from the disease. We need to do more to prevent this disease,” he said.
Nairobi CBD MCA Daniel Ngengi Muturi said one of the Ward reps has been diagnosed with the disease but fortunately it is in the early stages.
Ngengi supported the motion and called for all stakeholders to educate the public in churches, schools and public meetings about the dangers of cancer.
Nominated MCA Melab Lumula said statistics have shown that there are 4.5 million deaths annually as a result of cancer.
Nominated MCA Mbugua Kabiru said HIV is manageable but cancer destroys a person completely within six months if not noticed and treated.
Zimmerman MCA Pius Mbono congratulated Wambugu for the motion.
“Every family has been affected by cancer in one way or another. I propose at least three hospitals to be installed with cancer screening and treatment equipments,” said Mbono.
Dandora II MCA Silas Matara said cancer has three stages and it’s only manageable in stage one.
Wambugu thanked the MCAs for supporting the motion.
In Kenya, we only have thirteen hospitals with cancer screening and treatment equipments.
They include Agha Kan, Nairobi Hospital, MP Shah, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret , Tenwek Mission Hospital and Karen Hospital.
Others are Texas Cancer Center, Coast Provincial General Hospital, Nairobi Women, Beacon Health Services, Kenyatta National Hospital and Kijabe Mission Hospital.