In Summary
  • The Nairobi and Eldoret cancer registries have been providing data on cancer in Kenya.
  • She also pointed out lack of budgetary support from the government as a challenge that the cancer registries are facing.

The government has allocated Sh17 million for establishment of National Cancer Registry Programme by 2019.

The registry will be run by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) and is expected to help the Ministry of Health gather accurate data and keep surveillance of the burden of cancer at country and county levels.

Speaking at the launch of the National Cancer Registry Programme in Nairobi, Kemri’s acting Director Gerald Mkoji said they decided to form a centralised registry by merging existing ones in Nairobi, Kisumu and Eldoret.

The national system will help to map the disease pattern in the country.

“There was need to strengthen the existing population-based registries and merge them into a centralized system,” explained Dr Mkoji.

Dr Mkoji said the country’s estimates drawn from the three centres may not necessarily give the exact representation of the burden of cancer on the ground.

The disease has been ranked as the third leading killer, with 41,000 new cases being diagnosed and 28,000 deaths recorded annually, while Nairobi County alone accounts for about 3,000 new cases annually.

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