Uhuru reveals how he will address growing cancer cases in Kenya

By Vincent Kejitan | Friday, Aug 2nd 2019 at 09:23
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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday assured that the government will step up interventions aimed at containing the growing cases of cancer related deaths in the country.

Speaking when he chaired the cabinet at State House Nairobi, the President said the government, working with partners, is putting in place measures including policy interventions that will help ease the burden of the cancer disease on Kenyans.

“We need to see what more we can do to assist both in prevention but also in treatment of the disease.

“And we need to do that as a Government together with the county governments,” he said.

“This is an issue that we need to take more seriously and galvanize all of us to come up with a solution both in preventive –which is most important – but also in helping fellow Kenyans to get treatment, and get it early for those already affected by the disease,” the Head of State added.

The President led the cabinet in a moment of silence in honour of the late Bomet Governor Dr Joyce Laboso and the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth, both of whom succumbed to cancer recently, and acknowledged that cancer is fast becoming a crisis that needs urgent action.

On Thursday, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko called for the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Speaking during the funeral service of the late Ken Okoth, Sonko called on young legislators to push for its legalization since it is believed to have a cure to cancer.

“Tunasikia bangi iko na dawa ya cancer (We heard bhang helps in treating cancer)," he remarked.

Adding that the President’s trip to Jamaica will pave the way for importation of 'pure marijuana'.

"Ikipitishwa tutahakikisha ile bangi safi inaletwa kutoka Jamaica (If the bill is passed, we'll ensure pure bhang is brought from Jamaica)," said Sonko.

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