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Kisii acquires Sh1m for cervical cancer patients

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By ERIC ABUGA | May 25th 2014

Kisii, Kenya:  The Kisii county government has acquired medical equipment worth Sh1.2 million for cervical cancer treatment.

The four Cryotherapy machines have been dispatched to sub-county hospitals to boost efforts by the department of health services to screen and treat women suffering from cervical cancer.

During a Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) in July last year where 44,000 women of reproductive age (15-50 years) were screened Kisii County, 400 women were diagnosed with early stages of cervical cancer.

Speaking at the Kisii Level Five Hospital while distributing the equipment, County Executive Committee Member in-charge of Health Services Sarah Omache called on women to go for screening saying cancer is treatable if detected early.

“Cervical cancer is the second leading killer disease after breast cancer, according to research. In Kisii County alone, many of our women are dying due to cervical cancer. The equipment will help reduce deaths occasioned by this disease,” she said. The machines procured through Kenya Medical Supplies Agency were distributed to Nduru, Iyabe, Kenyenya and Marani hospitals in South Mugirango, Bonchari, Bomachoge Borabu and Kitutu Chache North sub-counties.

He said there was need to sensitise women on the benefits of regular cancer screening because early detection is important in the treatment of the disease.


 

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