Kenya to receive two cancer treatment machines worth over Ksh.250 million

Kenya to receive two cancer treatment machines worth over Ksh.250 million

File image of a Medical Electron Linear Accelerators. PHOTO|MoH

  • The medical equipment was donated by the US government through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
  • The donation would support government efforts of enhancing cancer treatment and care through investments in cutting-edge technology.

Kenya is set to receive two cancer treatment and care equipment valued at over Ksh 250 million to boost the fight against cancer.

According to the Ministry of Health (MoH) statement on Friday, the medical electron linear accelerators were donated by the US government through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

MoH pointed out that the donation would support government efforts of enhancing cancer treatment and care through investments in cutting-edge technology.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe while speaking in a virtual meeting that brought together senior officials of the Agency as well as representatives from MoH said the support came at a time when the cancer menace is devastating many Kenyan families.

“Majority of cancer patients in the country and the region seek treatment services abroad. Therefore, there is an opportunity to intervene from within the country with better investments,” Kagwe said.

CS Kagwe further underscored the need to up the game in cancer treatment to save lives and cushion vulnerable families from sinking into poverty.

He appreciated the agency’s continued support saying the collaboration has left the country better prepared to tackle the challenges posed by cancer.

“Kenya has recorded commendable progress towards this endeavor with the setting up of the Integrated Molecular Imaging Centre at Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and Referral Hospital,” MoH noted.

Kagwe similarly revealed that the isotopes manufactured at the facility will be sent to 7 other centers.

 MoH stressed the need to build human resources and the management of radioactive materials at the country's ports of entry in a bid to detect, isolate and manage radioactive materials.

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