Angry reactions after KNH asks Kenyans to contribute towards building a cancer hostel

By Vincent Kejitan | Wednesday, Jul 31st 2019 at 15:35
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Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) on Tuesday asked members of the public to contribute towards the construction of a Sh230million hostel to house cancer patients at the facility.

Through a series of tweets, the hospital highlighted the need for having the building saying patients have been suffering for a while now.

According to the hospital, survey data showed that about 30% of patients had missed or delayed treatment and indicated the most significant barriers to care included money to pay for treatment, money to pay for transportation to treatment, accommodation once in Nairobi and staying hungry throughout the day.

“This realization led to the dream of a Hope Hostel that would offer temporary accommodation to cancer patients undergoing treatment at KNH.

“The patients will be required to be housed for a short term, so that they are available for repeated investigations or treatments.

“This is expected to enhance good outcomes in cancer treatment as well as improve compliance with treatment, especially for radiotherapy and chemotherapy,” read the communication in part.

The project entails the construction of a three (3) floored building with capacity of 140 patients, a day respite area, a cancer resource centre, a restaurant and other support services.

Kenyans online were, however, skeptical of the project and asked the hospital to get funds from the government.

Beyond Zero campaign collected over 1Bn shillings,230M is https://t.co/V99ioJBLp0 to First Lady — Mr. Kinuthia Pius. (@Belive_Kinuthia) July 31, 2019

But the state allocated Kshs 10B to building bridges initiative. Who bewitched us?

— Nr.Sonie (@NrSonie) July 31, 2019

So we can spend 2 days lining up for services? — Kolo0celo (@kolo0celo) July 31, 2019

Never!My contribution is at KRA — Wilson Gitau (@WilsonWaGitau) July 31, 2019

So why are people paying taxes? — UnitedWasDopeOnce (@DopeWas) July 31, 2019

First tell us about the accountability of this fundraiser — Your Vagina Is Beautiful (@laureezyF) July 31, 2019

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