Taita Taveta County residents suffering from cancer and other chronic ailments will be considered in the County Government’s free medical insurance cover.
“Now that the socioeconomic-related burden of cancer and other chronic diseases is worsening, we have planned to intervene as a Government by enrolling the most vulnerable residents into the NHIF medical insurance. This is a major relieve to households managing these cases” Said CECM John Mwakima
The County First Lady H.E Stella Samboja in collaboration with the International Cancer Institute today held a free cancer screening, a key exercise to ensuring early detection and diagnosis of cancer.
Those diagnosed at an early stage have the best chance of management and treatment hence a long-term survival.
CECM Mwakima further added that the County will continue pursuing more partnerships with a purpose of improving comprehensive medical services to the people.
The programme dubbed “Afya Bora Mashinani” targets to financially support 22,000 households enroll with NHIF in order to access medical services without undergoing financial hardship.
County residents who have been traveling to Mombasa and Nairobi in search of cancer management and treatment have begun undergoing chemotherapy sessions at Moi County Referral Hospital (MCRH).
“We have enrolled patients who have been seeking treatment for cancer and other related ailment outside the County in our cancer center. This has helped a lot in reducing the cost of management incurred when these residents and their caretakers travel to other regions for management and treatment. We currently have a total of 40 patients being treated in this facility” Said MCRH Cancer Centre in-charge Dr Rebecca Mwakichako
Ruth Nzighe, a resident of Birikani – Voi whose mother was diagnosed with cancer last year expressed appreciation to the County Government and other partners for establishing the centre.
The County Nutrionist Pauline Mugo has recommended the public to have a healthy diet to reduce the risk of cancer that has proved to be a global socioeconomic burden.
“Higher intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods plays a significant role in reducing the risks of death and cancer. I also urge the public to lower intake of salt, red and processed meat to promote a cancer free nation” appealed Madam Pauline