H.E the first lady has today commissioned the first ever Bio Safety Cabinet Machine for Cancer Center at Moi County Referral Hospital in Voi. The Biosafety Machine will be used to compound chemotherapy drugs in a safe environment.This is a dream realised in partnership with the County government of Taita Taveta and International Cancer Institute.
Since the opening of the centre the first cancer patient to receive treatment completed his six cycles and is now under comprehensive care.
“The ultimate goal under comprehensive care is to make sure all our patients in the centre get to access and afford the second line drugs and undergo the complete 18 cycles as required” Said H.E
The centre has screened more than 800 people since it started. 70 patients have been diagnosed with various cancers and are under treatment.
Through the partnership with ICI the hospital has been able to set up a tumour board that brings together various consultants in the world of oncology through telemedicine for quality and comprehensive care management.
The County Executive Committee Member in charge of Health Department John Mwakima thanked H.E for the efforts she puts in the health sector.
” We can’t thank you enough for your continued support that we get as a department. We have received patients from other counties coming for chemotherapy in this facility and we are so grateful ” Said Mwakima
Professor Chite the lead Oncology Doctor from ICI said, an average metastatic patient sees 8 to 10 doctors before a diagnosis is made. “We aim to reduce this by ensuring we focus on preventive measures through sensitization and education as well as early screening and detection in the community”. He said
The county first lady later visited the eye center where 35 patients have undergone eye surgical cataracts so far.
The County is planning for eye medical outreaches from July to cover the four sub- counties.
Those in attendance were, Dr. Felix Kimotho Hospital Med sup, Department Director Elvis Mwandawiro, Moi Hospital Administrator Mwachia Madeda, Doctor Saina Collince from ICI, Becky Mwakichako among other health care providers.