Sh1b cancer hub to sit on disputed land
SEE ALSO :Sh6.5b hospital 'delayed' by StateHe termed last week's protests unfortunate. KMTC chair Phillip Kaloki, who initially insisted the parcel belonged to the college changed tune. He said that "talks were on with the county to settle the standoff". He said KMTC had earmarked the parcel for construction of lecture halls, an engineering centre, a library and playground. He cited a circular from the ministry of Health directing hospitals to allot land for KMTCs, which gave the Kisumu college ownership of the land. The county is building the centre to help improve treatment and care amidst reports of increased cancer cases. The first phase of the project, a radiotherapy centre, to cost Sh350million, is expected to be completed in two years. Its completion could save thousands of lives of cancer patients since Kenyatta National Hospital is the only listed public facility offering the same care. National Cancer Institute of Kenya data shows that whereas 60 per cent of the 40,000-a year new cancer patients require radiotherapy management, long queues at KNH has left patients staring at expensive alternatives in private hospitals or painful waits.
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