In Summary
  • A study has revealed deep financial strain on households with patients suffering from the four main cancers — cervical, breast, oesophageal and prostate.
  • Ann Waitherero is one of the patients from various counties flocking to Maragua District Hospital, thanks to the partnership between Murang’a County government and the Spanish doctors.
  • The programme started three years ago to offer free services to poor patients who could not raise huge medical bills required for surgeries in private hospitals.
  • Governor Mwangi wa Iria said they decided to partner with the medics from Spain since such services are mostly available in private hospitals and many patients cannot not afford them.

When Ann Waitherero was diagnosed with breast illness, her doctors recommended surgery to remove one of the organs but she did not have the Sh50,000 needed for the operation.

"I had already used close to Sh100,000 on medical bills. I had exhausted my NHIF card dues and had nothing left. I was helpless until I heard from my neighbour that Spanish doctors were coming to Maragua to offer free surgeries," she said.

Ms Waitherero is one of the patients from various counties flocking to Maragua District Hospital, thanks to the partnership between Murang’a County government and the Spanish doctors.

The programme started three years ago to offer free services to poor patients who could not raise huge medical bills required for surgeries in private hospitals.

Among the surgeries done at the facility include thyroidectomy, hernia repair, lipoma excisions, laparotomy, cystectomy, hydrocelectomy, and removal of goitre and cancerous tumours.

HUGE BILLS

A study has revealed deep financial strain on households with patients suffering from the four main cancers — cervical, breast, oesophageal and prostate.

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