In Summary
  • The governors said the ministry could not claim back the management of cancer since health is a devolved function.

  • Studies show at least 39,000 new cases of cancer and more than 27,000 deaths are reported in Kenya every year. 

  • Sixty percent of those affected have not reached 70.

  • Treasury allocated Sh700 million for cancer treatment in the 2017/18 financial year.

Governors have opposed a proposal to reverse treatment and management of cancer to the Ministry of Health.

The governors said the ministry could not claim back the management of cancer since health is a devolved function and that it would be the beginning of recentralising equipment, “to the disadvantage of patients”.

“In our discussions, we resolved that the reversal will be a disservice to Kenyans for it will mean a patient in Garissa will have to travel to Nairobi to access cancer services,” the statement from the Council of Governors released during the extraordinary meeting said.

Contacted, director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko said he was not aware of such a proposal.

Cancer is the third leading cause of death in Kenya after infectious diseases and heart illnesses.

Studies show at least 39,000 new cases of cancer and more than 27,000 deaths are reported in Kenya every year. 

Sixty percent of those affected have not reached 70.

The large number of cancer deaths has been blamed on lack of awareness.

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