The Government will invest more in the fight against cancer, President Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged.
Speaking in Bomet, yesterday, during the requiem mass for the late Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso, the President said more resources will be channeled towards treatment of cancer that has claimed many lives.
He said the fight requires concerted efforts of all leaders.
“This issue of cancer, all of us as leaders should start working on it,” he said.
Cancer, he noted has claimed many lives most recently being people who had means to seek medication in other countries with facilities.
The President regretted that most ordinary Kenyans do not have money and capacity to go abroad to seek medication and assured that more money will be put towards cancer treatment.
He promised that by end of September, Longisa Hospital in Bomet will have chemotherapy and radiotherapy machine.
He promised ten chemotherapy centres in Mombasa, Nakuru, Nyeri, Nairobi, Kisumu, Machakos, Kakamega and Meru.
The President further said Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret will have a cancer treatment centre and another opened at Kenyatta University Hospital while two centres of excellence will be opened in Kisii and Nyeri.
The President also said cancer is a lifestyle disease and people should be cautious.
“Cancer is also about lifestyle, we must know how we live and change our lifestyle,” he said.
He advised Kenyans to go back to their traditional foods instead of processed foods.
“The disease was not there before and we need to check what is it that we are doing today that our forefathers never did that is leading to spread of cancer,” he added.
He said the government will ensure completion of the mother and child wellness centre and urged the county governments to support the same.
In July, cancer claimed three prominent persons including Kibra MP Ken Okoth, Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore and Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso.
Deputy President William Ruto reiterated the unity debate in the ruling Jubilee party.
He said despite the perception in public, all leaders were supporting the President and would work tirelessly to deliver on his agenda. “We are solidly behind you Mr President and we are committed towards development programmes of your government,” he said.
The DP assured that he was keen to champion the unity drive with NASA leader Raila Odinga.
“We will also work together to unify the country for the sake of development and peace because that is also our wish,” Ruto said.
He also urged Bomet leaders to unite in ensuring the late Laboso’s vision is realised.
He asked the leaders to shun differences and rally behind Deputy Governor Hillary Barchok.
“It will be a big shame and a let down to the vision and wish of Laboso if you start wrangling among yourselves,” warned the Deputy President.
He eulogised the late Governor as a true fighter who never dwelt on her gender. “Laboso proved the phrase ‘what a man can do a woman can do even better’ twice by taking on politicians many would not want to face,” Ruto said.
Laboso will be laid to rest today at her home in Koru, Kisumu County.
[Julius Chepwkony and Gilbert Kimutai]
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