New Cancer Center at JTOORH

New Cancer Center at JTOORH

In his address, Kisumu’s Governor Anyang Nyong’o has emphasized the role the Comprehensive Cancer and Hematology Center (KCCHC) will play in achieving Universal Health Coverage. “The first win today was on the treatment of cancer patients. Every person deserves the highest standards of health care. Every Kenyan has a right to affordable and accessible healthcare.”

“Today I want to thank the ministry of health and Kenyatta university under the leadership of Prof. Olive Mugenda for the establishment of the Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorder Centre here in Kisumu, a major step to the realization of Universal Health Care.”

“We have signed here an Intergovernmental Tripartite Agreement between the above institutions and Kisumu County Government to commit ourselves to realizing the dream of eradicating cancer.” A majority of children with sickle cell disease die before celebrating their fifth birthday. Economically sickle cell contributes to high productivity loses and puts families at financial risk, forcing many families to seek cancer diagnostic and treatment outside Kenya.

There is a documented annual increase in the cases of cancer and a projection that cases of cancer will continue to exponentially grow in the coming years. Many patients in our region have to travel further seeking medical services translating to over-utilized facilities such as CT-Scans, MRI, Ultrasound and other X-Ray imaging facilities.

As stated by the CS for health, Mutahi Kagwe when laying the foundation stone for the JTOORH (popularly known as ‘Russia’) Cancer and Hematology Center, it will be the third upon completion after Nairobi and Mombasa. “This is a global standard institution that we have here in Kisumu.” The first public molecular imaging centre was unveiled at the Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Other Developments

The Kenya Medical Research Institute launched a population-based cancer registry to help in providing the information about the types of cancers that occur, the extent of the disease at the time of the diagnosis, the kind of treatment received by cancer patient, the outcomes of the treatment and clinical management.

Cure Cervical Cancer in partnership with Kisumu Medical and Education Trust has in the recent past given input with 11 active sites for cervical cancer screening and treatment, in places like Nyahera, Kombewa and Maseno.

Under the leadership of the First Lady, Mrs Dorothy Nyong’o, Africa Cancer Foundation, Matibabu Foundation and the Kisumu County Government have been conducting cancer campaigns in all the 14 counties in the Lake Region Economic Bloc promoting early screening and treatment.

Governor Nyong’o and CS Kagwe, Kisumu DG Dr Matthew Owili also presided the opening of Lumumba Sub-County Hospital and upscaling of UHC in Kisumu County.